Distracted driving is not just limited to drivers of large commercial trucks. Drivers of personal vehicles are often distracted by cell phones whether by talking on them, texting, or otherwise.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 26, 2011
Brad T. Wyly, a Houston vehicle accident attorney, today applauded a federal recommendation for a ban on cell phone use by all drivers of personal and commercial vehicles.
“We’re glad to see that the NTSB makes no exceptions in its desire to see that drivers being distracted by cell phones becomes a thing of the past,” said Wyly, owner of the Wyly Law Firm, P.C., a Houston personal injury firm that focuses on lawsuits involving car accidents and truck accidents.
“Distracted driving is not just limited to drivers of large commercial trucks. Drivers of personal vehicles are often distracted by cell phones whether by talking on them, texting, or otherwise. We think the suggested ban is consistent with this reality and only a total ban on cell phone use by all drivers will truly protect the public.” Wyly said.
Wyly spoke in reaction to the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation that all drivers be prohibited from using cell phones and other electronic devices behind the wheel.
The NTSB’s recommendation to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was among several in the conclusion of a study of a 2010 multi-vehicle crash in Missouri that was caused, according to the NTSB, by a pickup truck driver who was distracted by a text-messaging conversation. The wreck killed two and injured 38.
The NTSB said 3,092 Americans died last year in motor vehicle crashes attributed to the use of phones and other distractions.
“When a 40-ton tractor-trailer moving at high speed is involved, the dangers of distracted driving increase exponentially,” Wyly said. “But the statistics show there are also serious dangers associated with cell phone use by drivers of personal vehicles. That’s why we support the NTSB’s call for a nationwide ban on the use of portable electronic devices for all drivers.”
The NTSB recommendation does not include banning equipment designed to aid drivers, like GPS units.
Texas already prohibits teen-age drivers from using cell phones and text messaging devices, and the state bans the use of handheld cell phones by older drivers in school crossing zones. Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill earlier this year that would have banned text messaging by all drivers.
Wyly’s personal injury firm has investigated auto and trucking accidents in Houston, Galveston, Beaumont and Harris County as part of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits prosecuted on behalf of the victims of wrecks involving commercial trucks and other vehicles.
The Houston truck accident attorney said he and his firm will fight to see that individuals injured in wrecks caused by negligent and reckless drivers, such as truck drivers who distract themselves, get the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering.
“Trucking companies and their insurance companies can easily take advantage of unsuspecting accident victims after a collision with a commercial truck,” Wyly said.
“That’s why anyone harmed in an accident caused by a distracted truck driver should contact an experienced Houston accident attorney as soon as possible in order to obtain just compensation for their losses.”
About Wyly Law Firm, P.C.
The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., is a Houston law firm that represents personal injury victims, including those injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accidents, throughout Houston and surrounding communities, including Harris County, Baytown, Pasadena, Galveston, Beaumont, Bellaire, Cloverleaf, Spring Valley, Missouri City, Aldine and Jersey City. The firm also handles first party insurance cases and business law issues and disputes.
Attorney Brad T. Wyly, the firm’s owner, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. Wyly has extensive experience in personal injury cases, including claims involving complex accidents, catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. He has been named a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine. To contact Wyly Law Firm, P.C., call (713) 574-7034 or use the firm’s online form.