Smartphones Lead to More Crashes in Boston
Multitasking has become a way of life for most people. Busy work schedules, family commitments, and personal activities mean that time in transit is often used to grab a bite to eat, return a phone call, or catch up on a number of other tasks. But multitasking actually causes you to lose productivity: you require more time to make decisions and more of the work you do is performed incorrectly.
So it is easy to understand how a distracted driver could cause a senseless crash. If you have been injured in a car accident in Boston and believe the driver was distracted, you need to contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. at (617) 870-0907 to speak to a Boston personal injury attorney. We understand the laws regarding distracted driving, and we know your suffering could have been prevented had another driver simply paid attention.
Distracted Driving Laws in Massachusetts
These laws, created in 2010, were designed to combat the growing distraction from handheld electronic devices. The laws include:
- Junior operator ban: The initial ban on mobile devices was for “junior operators,” those under the age of 18. With the exception of calling for emergency responders, violators face a $100 fine and 60-day license suspension, which rises to $250 and a suspension of 180 days for a second offense.
- Public transportation operator ban: Those who operate a public transit vehicle, like a bus or trolley, are not allowed to use mobile devices while driving. Violations are subject to a $500 fine.
- Improper use of a mobile device by adults: At least one hand must remain on the steering wheel and the device use must not interfere with vehicle operation. Violators are subject to a $35 fine, $75 for a second offense.
- Text messaging ban: Creating, sending, or reading electronic messages and all Internet browsing are prohibited. This ban applies even when traffic is slowed. Violators are subject to a $100 fine, which rises to $250 for second-time offenders.
- Injury from negligent mobile device usage: If a driver hits someone while using a cell phone, causing injury, the violator is criminally charged. A first-time offender is subject to a 180-day license suspension.
Sadly, even without an electronic device, many Boston drivers still attempt to drive while focusing on other activities. These distractions are not mentioned in the new laws regarding distracted driving, but they could certainly be a compounding factor in the accident that injured you. These activities include:
- Holding a pet
- Personal grooming
- Reading a map
- Reading a book or other printed material
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player
Why Choose a Boston Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer at DiBella Law Offices, P.C.
If you were the victim of a Boston distracted driver, we understand you are not only suffering from your injuries, but frustrated at the lack of responsibility of the at-fault driver. As we work with you to build your legal case, we will look for evidence such as:
- Debit or credit card receipts for food purchases before the accident
- Food wrappers, cups, or spills in the photos taken at the accident scene
- Skid marks or lack of skid marks at the scene, which could indicate no braking
- Data from the other car’s event data recorder, which could show engine speed, changes in speed, use of brakes, and sudden movement in the vehicle
- Social media posts during and after the crash for incriminating statements
- Security footage from nearby cell phone cameras or traffic cameras in the area
Distracted driving has become an epidemic in Boston and throughout our society. It is costing innocent victims a great deal of pain, inconvenience, and money. You shouldn’t be forced to pay for the damage done by another negligent driver. Contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C., today at (617) 870-0907 to schedule a free consultation. We will listen to your account of the collision and provide you with honest legal advice about pursuing a case against the other driver, as well as the compensation you could receive for your injuries.
We've offered crucial support and guidance to individuals who have suffered injuries, ensuring their financial and emotional well-being.