I heard there is a new cell phone law in Iowa for drivers. Is this true?

As of July 1, 2011, Iowa did adopt a no texting law on the roads to reduce the number of distracted drivers and Iowa car accidents. However, on December 13, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a nationwide ban on using cell phones – hand-held and hands-free – behind the wheel.

If this law is adopted by state lawmakers, it would affect all age groups, all types of vehicles, and essentially all drivers would only able to use their cell phones in case of emergency. This law would include:

  • No talking on hand-held or hands-free cell phones
  • No texting while driving
  • No emailing or searching the Internet while driving

The NTSB cannot put this law into place, but they are strongly recommending this law be passed by state lawmakers.

Distracted driving, especially the use of cell phones, takes a driver’s mind off the task at hand, eyes off the road, and hands off the wheel. When this occurs, drivers are much more likely to cause an Eastern Iowa car crash than if they were paying full attention to the road.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver on Iowa roads, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy, lost income, and instances of pain and suffering. Call an experienced Cedar Rapids personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Brady Preston Gronlund for more information and a free legal consultation today at (319) 866-9277.