This proposal might spark a debate about government regulation, which is a valid concern, but we must consider the impact of driver behavior on the safety of others.
Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
Tennessee distracted driving accident attorney G. Turner Howard III of the Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III today said he is pleased to learn that state lawmakers will consider a proposal to ban drivers from talking on their phones.
Howard commented on a Feb. 26 report in Fox17.com that details a proposal by a bipartisan group of Tennessee lawmakers to create a law prohibiting talking on the phone while driving. If adopted, drivers would only be allowed to use hands-free devices or make emergency calls, according to Fox17.com.
“This proposal might spark a debate about government regulation, which is a valid concern, but we must consider the impact of driver behavior on the safety of others,” Howard said. “As an injury lawyer in Tennessee, I have seen firsthand how a driver’s poor choice can ruin someone else’s life. Many scientific studies show just how dangerous cellphone use by drivers can be. That’s why I believe a proposal to ban hand-held cellphone use by drivers should be seriously considered.”
According to the National Safety Council, about 21 percent of car accidents involve drivers talking on handheld and hands-free cellphones. More than two-thirds of drivers admit to talking on a phone while behind the wheel, Fox17.com reported. Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than nine people are killed in the United States every day in accidents involving a distracted driver, according to Fox17.com.
Rep. Jim Coley told Fox17.com that he believes it will be a challenge to get the necessary legislative support for the proposal, but he added that it’s important to get people talking about safety.
Attorney Howard agreed, saying a debate about cellphone use and safety is a healthy step in the right direction.
“We realize that laws don’t necessarily stop every driver from engaging in dangerous behavior. However, studies find that accident rates do decline after tough laws are adopted,” Howard said. “Ultimately, it’s up to the individual driver to make the right decision. Drivers should do everything they can to avoid distractions. If you are injured by a distracted driver, you should seek the advice of legal counsel. An attorney can help protect your rights and pursue compensation for your losses.”
The Fox17.com story cited is “TN Lawmakers Consider Talking While Driving Ban.”
About the Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III
Attorney G. Turner Howard has fought on behalf of injury victims across all of eastern Tennessee for more than 20 years and obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. The Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III handles a variety of cases involving personal injury, including car, truck and bus accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents, and other types of personal injury cases. Howard received his law degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law and also served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
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The Law Offices of G. Turner Howard is located at:
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