Today, most drivers in Massachusetts are aware of the dangers associated with using a cell phone while driving. Despite this knowledge, some drivers still decide to reach for their phone while driving. Even if it is for a second, the reality is that using a cell phone takes the driver’ eyes off of the road, hands from the wheel and their mind off of the task of driving. And in that short moment, an accident could ensue because that motorist was distracted.
The idea of distracted driving is not new, and the dangers associated with it are continually emphasized. Nonetheless, automobile collisions are the result of drivers being distracted. This has resulted in certain traffic laws being passed, sometimes making texting and driving a primary offense. Despite these efforts to penalize these acts, the reality is that distracted driving still occurs and many victims suffer severe injuries or even death because of it.
Following an accident, it is important to understand the cause and whether negligence, specifically distracted driving, was involved. If it is suspected that a driver was on his or her phone at the time of the crash, evidence of their phone usage could be used to prove this. In the event that a distracted driver caused a crash, it is possible to seek legal recourses for the damages caused by them.
A personal injury action seeks to hold a negligent driver liable for the harms caused. This civil action focuses on the driver’s duty, the breach of that duty and harm caused to the victim because of this breach. This can be an overwhelming process to navigate, especially when a victim is recovering from the crash. Thus, it is important that accident victims seek legal guidance so they can take appropriate action.