Kansas City, MO (PressExposure) November 12, 2009 -- Highway Safety Attorney (http://www.hornlaw.com), Douglas R. Horn calls for comprehensive distracted driving semi-truck accident law that includes prohibiting use of portable electronic devices. The long haul can be boring and drivers may want to pass the time texting or browsing the web on their laptops but driving a big truck at highway speeds.
A new study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute compiled research by videoing semi-truck drivers behavior when they were driving and found that a driver texting has a 23 times higher collision risk than a drive not texting. This far exceeds previously estimated risk based on laboratory research.
An earlier study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released in April 2006 found that almost 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention within three seconds of the event, according to the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study
â"When a truck driver takes their eyes off the road to text or perform any other activity not essential to driving the truck, it creates a new universe of risk. This is especially true when the truck is an 80,000 pound vehicle that will cause disaster when a driver loses control of their rig. As traffic volumes on major highways and interstates increase, safe operation of trucks is of premium importance to protect all motorists," says Douglas R. Horn, Highway Safety Attorney and principal partner at the Horn Law Firm P.C. ([http://www.hornlaw.com/lawyer-attorney-1483344.html]).
"A comprehensive distracted driver law is a vital highway safety measure because it will help reduce the most deadly of all roadway collisions. You can be sure that trucking firms will act quickly to comply with new laws by establishing driver regulations that prohibit all forms of distracted driving in the cabs of their trucks. Without a comprehensive distracted driver law that covers all forms of driver multi-tasking, truck companies will lack a strong incentive to invest in necessary safety reforms brought on by these new technologies." concludes Horn.
Confirming the need for comprehensive distracted driving laws, the federal government and many stats are putting regulations in place to prohibit government employees from using hand-help devices while driving in government business.
Highway Safety Attorney (http://www.hornlaw.com), Douglas R. Horn is the principal partner of Horn Law, a personal injury law firm that has an exceptional track record in maximizing client recovery in a wide variety of motor vehicle accident claims in Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Mr. Horn is a public safety advocate devoting a significant part of his practice to highway safety issues. His firm is based in Kansas City, Mo with consultation offices throughout Missouri.