Massachusetts Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Our Boston Lawyers Have Recovered Millions of Dollars in Compensation for Car Accident VictimsDistracted driving is a serious and persistent problem on our roadways, causing thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Distracted driving is any activity that takes a driver's focus away from the road. This may include cell phone use, texting, eating, drinking, reading or grooming. Intense conversation with passengers can also distract drivers.
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Massachusetts Distracted Driving Laws
Massachusetts Texting While Driving Ban. The Massachusetts Safe Driving Law became effective on Sept. 30, 2010. With this law, Massachusetts banned junior operators - drivers between 16 1/2 and 18 years old - from using cell phones to text or make phone calls. Drivers 18 and older were banned from texting while driving. Older drivers were still allowed to pick up cell phones to make calls, which made enforcement a challenge. Read about Massachusetts texting while driving accidents.Massachusetts Hands-Free Driving Law. Under this law, drivers can no longer pick up cell phones in Massachusetts. Instead, they can use hands-free technology. Cell phones can also no longer be used for GPS, unless devices are mounted on the vehicle dashboard. Taking effect on April 1, 2020, this law applies to drivers 18 and older. Junior operators are not allowed to use hands-free cell phone systems.
As Distracted Driving Rises, So Do Motor Vehicle Accidents
- The NHTSA reported 3242 people died from distracted-affected driving in 2017.
- On any given day, an estimated 660,000 drivers are using electronic devices, according to the NHTSA.
- Drivers using cell phones have slower reaction times than drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent, the legal limit for drunk driving in Massachusetts (University of Utah).