A 45-year-old truck driver crossed the median and hit a van carrying family and friends that were headed to a wedding. They never made it to the wedding – ten people were killed due the driver making a call on his cell phone while driving.
After this fatal accident, a U.S. highway safety agency is recommending that all states ban texting and cell phone use by truckers and other commercial drivers.
The recommendation will now to go the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration along with all states for action.
In Washington State, this is already a primary law. It is bound by the state’s hands-free law. However, the law does not restrict drivers from using two-way radios or CBs.
Davis Law Group sends their deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed in the accident. We hope to see this become a national law to prevent more accidents caused by distraction.
Causes of Semi Truck & Tractor Trailer Truck Accidents
There are many causes for semi truck accidents but some of the most common causes are:
1. Driver Fatigue
2. Substance Abuse
4. Failure to adhere to the rules of the road
5. Failure to properly maintain trucks
6. Improperly loaded trucks or cargo shifting
7. Under-inflated tires