Distracted drivers cause too many serious and fatal car accidents in Massachusetts
Nearly everyone agrees that distracted driving is wrong and can have deadly consequences. Yet, despite awareness of the problem, drivers continue to text behind the wheel and put others at risk of serious car accidents.
In Massachusetts, police have handed out citations for distracted driving. For example, the state has recorded more than 38,000 citations from January through August 2022, according to NBC Boston. A law that took effect in February 2020 prohibits drivers from using a phone or any other hand-held electronic device while behind the wheel.
In another development, Massachusetts, in collaboration with General Motors, received funding from the Governors Highway Safety Association. As a result, the state will make a "Kids Speaking up for Road Safety" program available to elementary schools.
Tips to reduce distractions while driving
As experienced car accident attorneys, we applaud such efforts to reduce the prevalence of distracted driving. Too often, victims lose their lives or sustain severe injury because a driver makes an irresponsible choice to use a cell phone or another electronic device while operating a vehicle.
Drivers tempted to use devices should consider the following tips, which the Commonwealth of Massachusetts lists on its website.
- Turn off the phone or switch it to silent mode.
- Create a response on your phone to let callers or texters know you are driving and will get back to them later.
- Pull over to a safe area and use the phone.
- Ask passengers to communicate for you.
- Understand the law and the consequences of using a cell phone illegally while driving.
- Prepare your GPS before you get into the vehicle.
It's not just phones that can cause distractions. You should ensure your pets are secure if they are in the car.
If driving with children, you may need to pull over to a safe location to address situations.
Finally, focus on the task at hand. Avoid eating, drinking, self-grooming, or doing other activities that could create a distraction.
What to do if you're hit by a distracted driver
Crashes involving distracted drivers happen every day. In some cases, victims are seriously injured or killed because of another driver's reckless or careless decision. A serious injury can turn your life upside down. You may be unable to work. You may have to give up hobbies. You may even have to pay someone to take care of household tasks you once took for granted.
The insurance company for the other driver might offer a lowball settlement or even say you were at fault. As a result, the process can become complicated and frustrating.
How an experienced car accident lawyer in Massachusetts can help
You don't have to go it alone. An experienced Massachusetts car accident attorney can help guide you if you've been injured or lost a loved one in a distracted driving car accident.
There's no obligation when you contact the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone after your accident. We will listen to you and help you decide the best course of action.
Since we work on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless we win your case. Get the advantage you need. Contact us today. Tell them you mean business!