The Chicago and South Chicago Car Accident Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe have written exhaustively about the deadly hazards of distracted driving. This fatal motor vehicle crash in Missouri should be a chilling reminder to all. Federal investigators have established that the 19 year old pickup driver sent six texts and received 5 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before his pickup crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer, beginning a deadly chain collision. The pickup was then rear-ended by a school bus which was in turn rammed by another school bus. The pickup driver and a 15-year-old bus passenger were killed and 38 others were injured.
The school buses were transporting high school band members to an outing at Six Flags amusement park in St. Louis.
The last text the pickup driver received was seconds before the crash. While it is not possible to know whether the driver was typing or reading at the time of the crash-it is quite clear that he was manually, cognitively and visually distracted.
The Chicago and Oak Lawn Car Accident Lawyers at Grazian and Volpe hope all lawmakers are aware of the circumstances of this tragic motor vehicle crash and heed the December declaration of National Transportation Safety Board advising a total ban on cellphone use when driving.