Massachusetts Texting While Driving Accidents

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Man who is texting while drivingTexting while driving is reckless, dangerous and can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents, injuries and death. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of texting, it is important to contact a lawyer and learn your rights for seeking compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact our attorneys at 800-379-1244 or use our contact form.

States and the federal government have worked to curb texting and distracted driving, by strengthening laws and funding safety awareness programs. But the behaviors remain prevalent on our roadways, especially as smart phone use increases and drivers can also access social media sites and mobile apps.

In 2010, Massachusetts passed the Safe Driving Law and became the 29th state to ban texting while driving. The law bans drivers from manually composing, sending or reading an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle. The ban covers phones, handheld electronic devices, iPads, tablets and laptop computers. The law prohibits these actions while operators are actively driving and when they are stopped at traffic lights.

Texting while driving is a primary offense in Massachusetts. Police can stop drivers who are engaging in texting while driving, even if they are not committing any other motor vehicle violations. For the first offense, the fine is $100 and increases for each subsequent offense. Drivers under 18 will also have their license suspended for 60 days. 

Drivers, however, are allowed to talk on cell phones while operating in Massachusetts, except for drivers under 18 and bus drivers. Those drivers are banned from using all handheld and hands-free cell phones behind the wheel. 

This may change. In 2016, the Massachusetts state Senate passed a hands-free driving law, which would have banned handheld cell phone use by drivers and restricted them to talking on the phone by hands-free technology such as Bluetooth devices. But the legislation was never approved by the House of Representatives. As of 2017, 14 other states had passed bans on handheld cell phone use.

Any cell phone use in the car can create a distraction and lead to a motor vehicle accident. In 2009, a study out of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reported that when drivers text, they are 23 times more likely to have an accident. Every time a driver sends or receives a text, their eyes leave the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, according to the VTTI. For a driver traveling 55 mph, that would be the distance of a football field. 

Criminal Consequences of Texting While Driving in Massachusetts
If a driver causes an accident while texting in Massachusetts, they may face fines and criminal penalties up to two years in a House of Correction. In 2012, an 18-year-old Haverhill man was convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting in connection to an accident in which he killed a 55-year-old New Hampshire man while texting. 

Civil Lawsuits for Texting While Driving in Massachusetts
A driver may also be held liable in a civil case and have to pay compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and medical expenses. If a family member has been killed, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you have been injured in a Massachusetts motor vehicle accident and believe cell phone use or texting may have been a factor, it is critical for you to contact an experienced Boston car accident lawyer to preserve your rights as the accident is investigated. 

Our Results for Clients in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Breakstone, White & Gluck is known throughout New England for our results in motor vehicle accident cases. Our attorneys have negotiated settlements of $7.1 million, $3.75 million and $3.5 million for clients injured by the negligence of other drivers. Read about more settlements on our Case Results page.

Contact an Experienced Boston Texting While Driving Lawyer
The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., of Boston have over 100 years combined experience handling car accident cases. We have the experience and expertise you need to work with local police departments, investigators and insurance companies. We have represented and obtained compensation for those who have been injured in the Boston, MetroWest and Worcester regions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Massachusetts motor vehicle accident, contact us today for a free legal consultation at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676 or use our contact form.
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