Cell phones and all the new smart phones are a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, check email, update social media, and organize and complete work tasks all on the go. Sure, these things are great, but the down side is that using smart phones while driving distracts drivers from the road and oncoming traffic. This puts drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk. Distracted driving, especially from texting or using a cell phone, can result in serious car accidents, severe injuries, or worse, death. An example was actually caught on camera in North Reading, Massachusetts. A man began recording a video of a car when he was cut off by the car operated by a distracted driver, who appeared to be texting and driving. Shortly after the man began to video the distracted driver, the inevitable happened. The distracted driver drifted into on-coming traffic and caused a head-on collision. Fortunately, in that head-on accident no one was seriously injured, but the vehicle that was hit had a baby in the car and things could have been much worse.
Recently, we have noticed an increase in claims of distracted drivers in the car accident cases we are handling. Within the last year, we have heard more and more accident victims, who are injured in car crashes, tell us that the other driver was on a cell phone, looking down, or otherwise distracted with something else. The results, more often than not, is a bad car accident and serious injuries. For example, a woman, who suffered a fractured tibia (shin bone) in a car crash, told us that while she was driving on Route 9 in Framingham, Massachusetts she noticed the driver that hit her was on his phone at the moment of impact.
There have been many studies that prove that texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving is extremely risky. It is best to focus on the road and wait to send that text until it is safe to do so. If you are the unlucky one, who is injured by a distracted driver, be sure to check out our 3 important steps to take following an accident. We know that being in a car accident can be very overwhelming and frustrating. That’s where we come in. We focus our law practice on car accident cases in Massachusetts and can help accident victims with the legal process and get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.