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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

by Joel H. Schwartz on May. 15, 2015

Accident & Injury Car Accident Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Cell Phones and Other Distractions

Today, few people go anywhere without a mobile phone. Unfortunately, many people can't resist the temptation to check their email or send texts while driving. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that a cell phone-related vehicle crash takes place every 30 seconds, with more than 350,000 collisions occurring so far this year alone. Although Massachusetts law bans texting and driving for all drivers, individuals over age 18 are permitted to talk on cell phones while driving. There are, however, several proposed laws pending before state lawmakers to ban all handheld devices for all drivers.

Cell phones aren't the only example of distracted driving. Anything that compromises a motorist's ability to drive safely qualifies as a distraction. Examples of common distractions include:

  • Applying makeup
  • Shaving
  • Eating
  • Reading
  • Arguing with a passenger
  • Glancing in the backseat
  • Reaching down to retrieve something from the floor

Even listening to music can be a distraction if it leads a driver to neglect the road. Unfortunately, it often takes an accident to show someone just how dangerous it is to talk (or text) and drive.

When Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

It might be legal to talk and drive, but distracted motorists who cause accidents can be held liable for the injuries they inflict on other people. At Joel H. Schwartz, P.C., we help people hurt by distracted drivers obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries. We are Massachusetts personal injury lawyers who identify the evidence that proves the motorist responsible for your injuries was distracted when the accident occurred. We recover comprehensive damages on our clients' behalf, including pain and suffering, present and future medical costs, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, and lost earning capacity.

Boston, Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, we can help. Our car accident attorneys have assisted people just like you, and we know what it takes to build a successful case. Call Joel H. Schwartz, P.C. at 617-742-1170 today to discuss your injuries with our Boston, Massachusetts personal injury lawyers.

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