Distracted driving laws vary widely by state, and each dictates different penalties for offenses. Failure to abide by distracted driving laws that results in a car accident may mean the victim is eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Massachusetts, there are separate laws for talking and texting while driving.
Talking on your cell phone while driving is not prohibited by law in Massachusetts unless the driver is under 18 years of age, has a learner’s permit, or provisional license. These drivers are prohibited from using cell phones whether handheld or not.
Texting while driving is strictly prohibited for drivers of all ages. Drivers are not allowed to access the internet or write, send, or read electronic messages. Even if a vehicle is stopped at a red light or in traffic, drivers are still legally prohibited from engaging in this behavior.
These laws are enforced with fines and license suspension and can also affect the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit. Texting while driving is a serious offense that can result in both criminal and civil litigation. If you have been injured in a car accident while the other driver was engaged in distracted driving, this can be considered negligent behavior. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, or other damages incurred as a result of the accident.
Massachusetts allows for victims of car accidents resulting from distracted driving to seek compensation in a personal injury case. Like all personal injury cases, negligence must be proved to be eligible for compensation. Legally, negligence is thoughtless behavior or behavior that is careless that results in injury to another person. Under the Massachusetts Safe Driving Laws, it is illegal for a person to text while driving, which constitutes as negligence.
Although negligence is not automatically indicated in a distracted driving suit, it is relatively easy to submit the violation as evidence to support a victim’s case. If you’ve been injured in a car accident resulting from the other driver engaging in texting and driving, contact a personal injury attorney today. You may receive compensation to cover your losses.
Victims of car accidents can seek compensation to cover both economic and non-economic damages. Because Massachusetts is a no-fault state, usually a driver’s own insurance will cover the cost of minor injuries and auto damage. However, if damage or injuries are significant, drivers may need to seek a personal injury suit to make up for their expenses. Economic and non-economic damages cover the following categories:
Although many states have enacted texting and driving laws, it is still a common cause of car accidents. Hopefully, as laws become more stringent, these accidents will become less common. In the meantime, personal injury attorneys can help victims of distracted driving accidents seek compensation for their expenses. If you have recently been in an accident stemming from the other motorist’s distracted driving, contact the offices of Sweeney Merrigan Law today.
Based out of Boston, MA, we represent clients across all of Massachusetts in a variety of personal injury cases. Our Boston personal injury attorneys will effectively represent your personal injury case, and we treat all our clients with compassion and respect. We fight aggressively on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to see how we can help you.