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A Deadly Kentucky Semi Accident Could Change the Law for Commercial Drivers

Posted on Oct 10, 2011
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recently requested all states and federal officials to ban the use of mobile phones for commercial drivers, except in the case of an emergency. They are pointing to one Central Kentucky semi truck accident that occurred in 2010, in which a truck driver crossed the median on Interstate 65.

The truck driver, Kenneth Laymon, collided head-on into a van carrying ten people. The van was full of members of the Mennonite family who were returning to Kentucky from a wedding they attended in Iowa.

Officials determined that Laymon was using his cell phone at the time of this deadly Kentucky accident. As a result, he died along with the ten others. In fact, investigators revealed that Laymon used his cell phone 69 times in the 24 hours leading up to the accident, and was on a phone call during the accident.

Sadly, distracted driving is a danger that is prevalent on the roadways. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said, "It can be especially lethal when the distracted driver is at the wheel of a vehicle that weights 40 tons and travels at highways speeds."

Although the request to ban cell phones for commercial drivers is controversial, the NTSB believes it is the right thing in order to keep roadways safer and is urging all motorists to understand the dangers of distracted driving and using a cell phone while driving.

Schachter, Hendy, & Johnson would like to extend our heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of all the victims that were killed in this deadly Kentucky truck wreck.

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