Massachusetts Distracted Driving Car Accidents

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Women engaged in distracted driving, putting on makeup and using her cell phone from the driver's seatDistracted driving is a serious problem plaguing the roadways, causing thousands of injuries and deaths each year. Distracted driving includes any activity that takes a driver's focus away from the road, including cell phone use, eating and drinking, reading and grooming. If you have been seriously injured by a distracted driver, contact one of our lawyers for a free legal consultation at 800-379-1244 or use our contact form.

Cell phone use by drivers causes more than 1.6 million car crashes across the country each year, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Massachusetts has banned texting while driving since 2010. State lawmakers have considered legislation that would ban handheld cell phones but allow hands-free technology. This legislation was approved by the state Senate in early 2016, then stalled in the state House of Representatives.

As Distracted Driving Rises, So Do Motor Vehicle Accidents
Distracted driving is an important topic because automobile accidents are rising. The NSC estimates as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. This is the highest number in nine years and the period from 2014 to 2016 saw the greatest two-year increase in more than 50 years. 

Distracted Driving Studies
A study from the University of Utah found talking on a cell phone while driving delays a driver's reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent, the legal limit for drunk driving in Massachusetts. Yet drivers continue to use cell phones and drive while distracted.

Distracted Driving: The Toll on Massachusetts Roads
Massachusetts banned texting while driving in 2010, but many drivers are violating the law. Police issued more than 18,000 tickets between October 2010 and April 2016, according to a Boston Globe analysis - and this is a law that has been criticized for being hard to enforce. There are likely more drivers out there texting who have escaped tickets. At least 180 people died in distracted driving crashes from 2010 to 2013.

To encourage drivers to put down their cell phones and focus on the roads, the NSC observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is also observed by the state of Massachusetts, where more than 200 police departments typically receive funding for extra traffic enforcement patrols.

What to Do If You Have Been Injured
Drivers who use cell phones or engage in other distracted driving behaviors are operating with negligence. If you have been injured in a car or truck accident caused by distracted driving, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.

Free Legal Consultation: (800) 379-1244
If you have been injured, you should contact an experienced Massachusetts car accident lawyer to learn your rights. Do not delay; Massachusetts has a Statute of Limitations which restricts how long you can file a claim.

The car accident lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck have over 100 years combined experience successfully handling injury cases. Contact us at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.

Breakstone, White & Gluck serves individuals throughout Massachusetts, including in Greater Boston, Cambridge and MetroWest, including Framingham, Natick and Wellesley, the Worcester region, Plymouth and Brockton and Cape Cod. 
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