According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it takes five seconds to send or read a text. During that time, the driver’s eyes are off the road and on their phone. At 55 mph, the vehicle can travel the length of a football field in that time period.
Distracted drivers cause thousands of deaths each year. Texting while driving is one of the worst types of distracted driving.
The Boston texting and driving lawyers of Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP, have seen the devastation caused by texting while driving. If you have been injured in a car accident, we want to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our law office in Boston, Massachusetts, to schedule a free consultation with one of our Boston car accident attorneys.
Texting and driving is dangerous. If a distracted driver caused your accident, they owe you compensation. Plain and simple. Our Boston car accident lawyers can help you seek that compensation.
Our lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP have over 100 years of combined legal experience. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for clients in jury awards and settlements. Our legal team is dedicated to protecting your best interests and fighting to get you the most money possible for your injury claim.
When you hire our legal team, you can expect us to:
Our Boston personal injury lawyers handle all types of motor vehicle accidents. If you or a family member sustained injuries because of a negligent driver, call now to schedule your free consultation with Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP in Boston, MA.
The hands-free while driving law in Massachusetts went into effect on February 22, 2020. Drivers are prohibited from using any electronic device while driving unless the device is used in hands-free mode. In addition, drivers under the age of 18 years cannot use any electronic devices, even in hands-free mode.
The fine for a first offense is $100. A second offense results in a $250 fine and mandatory completion of a distracted driving education program. Third and subsequent offenses have a fine of $500 and mandatory completion of the educational program for distracted driving.
Distracted driving continues to be a serious public safety concern in the United States. In 2019, distraction-related crashes increased by ten percent from the previous year. During daylight hours, it is estimated that nearly 500,000 drivers are driving while distracted at any moment.
The injuries caused by distracted driving accidents can be severe. Examples of injuries in texting and driving accidents can include:
A victim may never be able to work or enjoy life again the way they did before the crash due to these and other injuries.
The insurance company for the other driver will downplay your damages and try to undervalue your claim. Massachusetts comparative fault rules will reduce your damages if you share blame for the accident and bar you from recovering compensation if you are over 50% at fault.
You should seek prompt medical attention for your injuries, follow your doctor’s treatment plan, and seek legal advice from an experienced Boston texting and driving lawyer to protect your claim.
You have the burden of proving that another driver caused your collision by texting and driving to recover compensation for your injuries.
Your lawyer may subpoena the cell phone records for the other driver to prove that the driver was texting and driving at the time of your crash. This information can help prove that the driver was distracted when the crash occurred.
During the investigation, your lawyer may also search for video evidence of the collision from traffic cameras and nearby surveillance cameras. Eyewitness testimony can also be an important factor in proving liability for the accident.
Because texting and driving are against the law, it can help you establish liability even though you may not have other evidence proving fault. An experienced attorney understands how to use this information to build a case against the other driver under negligence per se.
Texting and driving accidents can be avoided. Drivers should put down their phones while on the road. Our legal team is here to help you get justice after a terrible car crash. Call now to schedule a free case review with one of our Boston texting and driving accidents attorneys. You have a limited amount of time to file your claim under the Massachusetts statute of limitations.