During the crash in question, the truck driver was using his phone just seconds before the deadly crash. He crossed over the median, broke through a wire barrier, and hit a 15-passegner van. Nine adults were killed during the collision. The only survivors in the van were two children who were in car seats at the time of the crash.
Ban on Both Hand Held and Hands Free Devices
The truck driver cell phone ban would include any cell phone use, both hands free and hand held. While this rule would be far reaching, it was not the only recommendation given by the NTSB. The agency also recommended that the Federal Highway Administration and other regulatory agencies work to:
Re-evaluate the effectiveness of median barriers in stopping large trucks
Work to better define and identify cross median crashes and their causes
Consider enacting laws that require seat belt use in 15-passenger vans
The staff and Dallas tractor trailer crash attorneys at the Hart Law Firm would like to extend our deepest condolences to those who lost a loved one during this tragic crash. We hope that further regulations will help prevent crashes and save lives across the country.