According to the National Transportation Safety Board states should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices. The recommendation applies to both hands free and hand held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.
The recommendation came in connection with a deadly highway pileup accident in Missouri last year. The board found that the traffic collision was caused by the inattention of a driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash. The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured in the Aug. 5, 2010, accident near Gray Summit, Mo.
The board previously recommended bans on texting and cell phone use by commercial truck and bus drivers. According to a study, at any given moment nearly 1 in every 100 car drivers is texting, emailing, surfing the Web or otherwise using a handheld electronic device. Arkansas has passed a statute limiting cell phone use. Please see a previous blog post outlining the new law. Arkansas traffic accident injuries caused from cell phone use is avoidable and drivers should use good judgment and not be tempted to use their cell phones while driving.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, please contact an Arkansas accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights.