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Driving while talking on a cell phone (or smart phone) is a dangerous practice that takes a driver's focus away from the road and often leads to serious motor vehicle accidents
. Massachusetts and other states have passed laws to prevent texting while driving, but talking on a cell phone is legal in many states, including Massachusetts. This could change; the Massachusetts state Senate passed bills to ban hand-held cell phone use in 2016 and again in 2017. So far, the bills have not moved forward.
In 2011, cell phone use was involved in 1.3 million car crashes across the country, according to the National Safety Council. Some 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 any type of 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 across Massachusetts, including Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Somerville, Arlington, Medford and Everett.
Cell Phone Driving Laws
Hand-held cell phone use is banned in 15 states. Massachusetts bans texting while driving
for all drivers. The state permits talking on hand-held cell phones, with two restrictions. Teenage drivers from age 16 1/2 to 18 and school bus drivers are prohibited from any cell phone use while behind the wheel. Commercial truck and bus drivers are banned from handheld cell phone use and texting under a federal rule passed in 2011. Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are 6 times as likely to crash when dialing a cell phone when driving, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
While states may not ban cell phone use altogether, 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 are not banned from all cell phone use, they can still be held liable for 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.
What You Should Do After 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.
The car accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 100 years combined experience successfully handling motor vehicle accident cases in the Boston area and across Massachusetts.
For a free legal consultation, contact us today at 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.