As the Houston Chronicle reports, truck driver Kenneth Laymon, 45, went across the center median and hit a van full of 10 people, on their way to a wedding, killing all of them. Laymon also died as a result of the big rig crash.
The cause? Laymon had just made a phone call - which lasted only a second - before the fatal crash occurred, leading one to suspect that Laymon had taken his eyes off the road and was distracted.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now pushing a ban on using a mobile phone - this ban would presumably outlaw both talking and texting - while driving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle.
Here are two reader comments, responding to the NTSB's proposed ban:
- DON'T STOP THERE! Ban all hand held cell phone usage in every vehicle
- Ban texting and cell phone use for anyone driving any vehicle
What do you think? As personal injury lawyers, banning all use of mobile phones or similar devices is probably a good idea. Many of our clients have seen first-hand the consequences of distracted driving.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Feds recommend ban on truckers using cell phones at wheel," by Associated Press, 09/13/11