For nearly ten years in Massachusetts texting while driving has been illegal.
There are similar laws in nearly at 50 states in this country, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To drive legally in Massachusetts, every driver should refrain from reading, sending or otherwise operating their cell phone to engage with a text message, e-mail, or other communication.
This is not only limited to when the vehicle is in motion. If the vehicle is on, yet stopped, the driver is still deemed to be “driving” and operating the motor vehicle.
The True Risk of Texting While Driving
One of the country’s most preventable accidents is one caused by texting while driving. Cell phone attachment is ubiquitous in this day and age. Every driver just needs to ignore the lure of the cell phone while driving.
The National Safety Council (NSC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports reflect the true risks of texting while driving. Specifically, that the act increases the occurrence of a car accident by about 400 percent. This is terrifying in light of the fact that one-third of all drivers operate a cell phone in some manner while driving.
Highway safety researchers strongly believe that the phone addiction is a large factor in roadway fatalities. Such distracted driving fatalities have increased in just the last few years.
If you were injured by a distracted driver who was texting while driving in Massachusetts, please call the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. You can schedule a consultation 24/7 at (617) 367-2900.
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