The nation has seen an increased focus on the dangers of distracted driving in recent years. While any one of a number of possible distractions can pull a motorist’s eyes off the road long enough to cause a traffic accident, few dangers are as prevalent as the recurring problem of people texting while driving.
If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident caused by a driver who was text messaging at the time of the crash, it is in your best interest to avoid speaking to any insurance company until you have legal representation. You should call (617) 367-2900 to discuss your case with The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman.
Dangers of Texting While Driving
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, there are essentially three different types of distractions:
- Visual — A distraction that takes a driver’s eyes off the road;
- Manual — A distraction that takes a driver’s hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive — A distraction that takes a driver’s mind off of driving.
Texting while driving is especially dangerous because it involves all three types of these distractions. Motorists who are engaged in reading or writing a text message while driving are unable to make sudden stops or other emergency manuevers as needed.
Multiple state and federal agencies have made repeated efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The federal Department of Transportation has also invested significant resources in studying and funding additional measures to discourage distracted driving.
Proving Texting While Driving
Massachusetts has state laws prohibiting cellphone use while driving, and some motorists may be ticketed for infractions following accident when it is alleged that they were texting while driving. In many cases, a negligent driver may deny that he or she was using his or her cell phone.
It can be especially important for any person injured in a crash caused by a motorist who was texting while driving to quickly retain legal counsel, as an experienced lawyer will be able to subpoena the negligent driver’s phone records. When the phone records indicate cell phone activity at the time of a crash, this evidence can be presented in court and used to demonstrate the negligence of the other driver.
Motorists who cause motor vehicle accidents because of texting while driving can be held liable for various damages arising from the crashes, including a victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Find a Texting While Driving Accident Attorney in Massachusetts
Did you sustain extensive injuries or was your loved one killed in an accident caused by a motorist who was texting while driving? You should avoid speaking about your accident to anybody until you have first contacted The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman.
Our Boston personal injury lawyer will fight to help you obtain every last dime of compensation you are entitled to. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation that will let our attorney review your case and answer all of your legal questions.