Car Accidents related to Cell Phones
With offices in Natick and Framingham, Cappetta Law Offices provides personal injury representation to victims throughout Massachusetts. I am dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. I have recovered favorable awards for victims injured in car accidents related to cell phones and other traffic collisions caused by negligence.
Cell Phone and Smartphone Statistics
In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted driving. The most serious offenders are the youngest, least experienced drivers who seem addicted to modern distraction. In fact, 40 percent of teens admit they been in a car when the driver is using a cell phone. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in June 2011 alone, over 196 billion texts were sent or received while driving. Texting has increased by 50 percent since 2009, even though it is shown to make drivers 23 times more likely to get in a crash. With the increasing sophistication of cell phones and smartphone devices, the average driver's attention span has decreased exponentially. Phone-related accidents are more common than ever.
Why Cell Phone Use While Driving Is Dangerous
Safe driving takes a concentrated effort to observe and respond to road hazards and the flow of traffic. But because cell phone use demands the same visual, manual, and cognitive attention as driving, it is the most dangerous distraction. No driver can fully focus on both tasks. In fact, studies show that cell phone use drastically reduces the amount of brain activity required for driving by 37 percent. Further, sending or reading texts forces motorists to take their eyes off the road for an average or 4.6 seconds. At a normal speed of 55 mph, this would be like driving blind through the entire length of a football field. Although some drivers believe using a hands-free device is safer, research indicates that cell phone conversations are still a dangerous distraction, causing motorists to miss the visual and audio cues essential to avoiding a crash.
Laws Prohibiting Cell Phone Use While Driving
Driving behavior falls under the authority of individual states. Many states have realized the risks of texting and talking and have stepped up laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving. Massachusetts law, for example, bans all cell phone use, whether handheld or hands-free, for young drivers and bus drivers. The law also prohibits texting for all drivers. Personal injury law also treats cell phone use and other distractions as negligent driving. This is because the momentary loss of attention increases the risk of crashing, endangering the lives of others. In car accidents involving cell phone use, the negligent driver is liable for any injuries that result. This may require providing compensation for medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
If you were injured in a car accident related to cell phone use, contact a Massachusetts car accident lawyer today. Cappetta Law Offices offers free consultations and quality legal service at no up-front cost to you. We only get paid if you do. Our offices are conveniently located in Natick and Framingham and are dedicated to providing you with prompt, professional representation. Let me protect your rights and help you obtain the compensation you need. Call me at (508) 969-9505 for a confidential consultation or contact us online.