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Distracted driving accidents are soaring and emerging as a major cause of work-related accidents, and the related claims are a liability issue for employers and their insurance carriers. Liability falls upon the employers for workers’ compensation benefits and potential liability damages by innocent injured third-parties. Additionally, employers may be subject to fines by regulatory agencies such as The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

A bill to address cell phone abuse while driving has been proposed by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY4. McCarthy, a victim of an accident caused by texting while driving, is a former nurse who has made public health and safety a hallmark of her tenure in Congress. She has announced new federal legislation that would create a single national standard prohibiting the use of handheld mobile devices while driving.

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