Boston Car Accident Lawyers Experienced in Cell Phone-Related Crashes
Driving while talking on a cell phone is a dangerous practice that takes your focus away from the road and can lead to serious car accidents
. First, Massachusetts and other states passed laws to prevent texting while driving. Now drivers can no longer use hand-held cell phones, but are allowed to talk hands-free across New England. For all these laws, the simple fact remains that cell phone use causes many car accidents. Drivers who cause these accidents may still be held liable to those injured.
How significant is the problem of cell phone use in cars? The National Safety Council reports cell phone use has been involved in 1.3 million car accidents during a single year. This includes 1.2 million traffic accidents were caused by drivers talking on cell phones, while texting while driving accounted for the rest.
The National Safety Council also reported that fatal car accidents rose in Massachusetts in 2016. There were 399 deaths reported, up from 354 deaths in 2015. Experts told The Boston Globe that cell phone use likely contributed to this increase.
Contact a Boston Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact the attorneys of Breakstone, White & Gluck for a free legal consultation at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form. It is important to learn your rights and an attorney can start an immediate investigation. Our attorneys have represented clients injured by negligence across Massachusetts, including in Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville, Arlington, Medford and Everett.
Massachusetts Cell Phone Driving Laws
More than 20 states now ban hand-held cell phone use. Massachusetts has banned texting while driving
since 2010. Only in 2020 did the state become hands-free as a way to reduce distracted driving accidents. Drivers can now only use cell phones when they are in "hands-free" mode. Drivers are granted one swipe to activate phones, then they must use voice-activated technology.
Drivers who are looking for directions have to use an in-vehicle system or mount their phones to the car dashboard. Drivers have to respect this law when they stop at red lights.
Drivers who are stopped for hand-held cell phone use can be cited and fined $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense and up to $500 for third and subsequent offenses. Drivers may also have to attend driver re-training courses.
No state bans cell phone use entirely. But U.S. companies are working to do so. As of March 2017, more than 460 U.S. companies had implemented policies banning employees from using cell phones when driving during work hours (Source: Chicago Tribune column March 2017).
Liability of Drivers Who Use Cell Phones and Cause Accidents
While Massachusetts drivers can use cell phones under the law, they can still be held liable for car accidents they cause. Cell phone use drastically reduces a driver's concentration and response time. Drivers have a responsibility to focus on the road and operate with reasonable care.
Responding to a Cell Phone-Related Car Accident
If you have been injured in a Massachusetts car accident involving cell phone use, you may be able entitled to recover monetary damages, including for pain and suffering, lost wages and past and future medical expenses.
If you have been injured, it is important to receive immediate medical treatment. You should also speak to a qualified Boston car accident lawyer
. Individuals injured in car accidents have a Statute of Limitations restricting how long they can file a claim. An attorney can start investigating and make contact with police. In many cases, a car accident victim or their attorney must alert police that the driver who caused a crash may have been using a cell phone. The police report and any traffic citations that result can play a key role in your claim against the driver.
At Breakstone, White & Gluck, our Boston car accident lawyers are ready to assist those injured by negligent driving and cell phone use. We are experienced in all aspects of handling cases related to cell phone use, from accident investigation to preparing your claim to trial and appeals if necessary.
For a free legal consultation, contact Breakstone, White & Gluck today at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.