When Feinberg & Alban PC was founded seven decades ago, drivers had few distractions to take their attention away from driving. Now cell phones are ubiquitous on Boston’s streets and are a major factor in car accidents. Our firm can help you recover damages from a distracted driver. We also are staunch advocates for laws and policies that prevent distracted driving crashes from causing injuries in the first place.
Even as Boston auto accidents and traffic fatalities decline, distracted driving-related crashes are increasing. Prohibiting drivers from using cell phones while driving is a common-sense way to further reduce crashes and the resulting injuries and deaths.
Massachusetts prohibits all drivers from texting and emailing, and bans cellphone use by drivers who are younger than 18 years old. However, adults still have the right to hold their phones while driving, thereby putting others at serious risk of injury.
The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill in 2016 that expands the law to prohibit writing or reading any type of electronic message, inputting information into a GPS system, and holding the phone to talk while driving. The law would still permit drivers to use hands-free technology to dial or talk. Our law firm supports this bill and urges the House to pass the bill and the Governor to sign it into law.
Official estimates indicate that 399 people died in car accidents in 2016. This was an increase of 13 percent from 2015, when 354 people were killed, and an increase of 15 percent over 2014, when 348 people were killed.
Why the surge in traffic accidents? According to a spokeswoman for the American Automobile Association of Southern New England, distracted driving is a major factor.
Drivers can reverse this trend by putting their phones away. Our firm holds those drivers who insist upon putting others at risk accountable for their actions.
In an alarming study, Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that the areas of Boston where people most often used their phones were also the locations most congested during rush hour, when drivers are distracted by their phones while sitting in traffic. The top Boston roads where drivers are most distracted are:
Our lawyers have handled cases involving distracted driving accidents in these locations. You cannot simply avoid these major areas of the city. Instead, drivers have a responsibility to put their phones away.
You have a duty to drive without distraction. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) offers these tips for doing so:
Distractions put you at risk, and, should you be involved in an accident, you may be held liable for damages if your distraction was a factor.
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