The Tennessee Auto Accident Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates Alert Public of NTSB Recommendation For Total Cell Phone Use Ban in Vehicles

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The Tennessee auto accident lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, whose URL can be found at http://www.poncelaw.com, hereby alerts the public of a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, that all cell phone use should be banned in moving vehicles, including the use of cell phones with hands-free devices. While the NTSB does not have legislative authority, the Wall Street Journal report discussing this recommendation cited the growing number of auto accidents caused by distracted drivers.

It may seem like it's a very quick call, a very quick text, a tweet or an update, but accidents happen in the blink of an eye.

The Tennessee car accident lawyers at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates hereby alerts the public to a report published on December 14 in the Wall Street Journal that stated that the members of the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, have recommended that all cell phone use in moving vehicles be banned in the United States, including the use of cell phones with the aid of a hands-free device. This recommendation came during a meeting to discuss a fatal car accident in Missouri that was allegedly caused by one driver being distracted by text messages.

Specifically, the NTSB recommended that legislation be enacted that would ban the use of these devices in vehicles, although the agency does not possess legislative authority. The agency also acknowledged the fact that the laws governing cell phone use in vehicles are generally state laws, and that those laws that exist generally allow for the use of cell phones with hands-free devices for adults. "It may seem like it's a very quick call, a very quick text, a tweet or an update," said NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. "But accidents happen in the blink of an eye."

According to the statistics kept by the Tennessee state government, more than 9,000 Tennessee car accidents occurred every year between 2003 and 2007. In addition, more than 500 Tennessee auto accidents occurred every year during the same timeframe because of what law enforcement recorded as the ‘use of phone or two-way radio.’

About Michael D. Ponce & Associates

Michael D. Ponce & Associates, PLLC, whose Web site can be found at the URL of http://www.poncelaw.com, is a law firm comprised of Tennessee personal injury lawyers who have been handling cases on behalf of clients in legal matters including personal injury and negligence, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, DUI accidents, premises liability, swimming pool accidents, dog bite injuries, bed bug cases, wrongful death and social security disability matters.

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