Boston Texting and Driving Attorneys
Have you been in an accident? Was the driver texting and driving? The Boston car accident lawyers at Kelly & Soto Law can help you through the claim process and make sure you are compensated for the negligence of the distracted driver. Texting and driving is against the law and we don’t take accidents caused by individuals who are texting and driving lightly.
It is Illegal to Text and Drive!
The Massachusetts Safe Driving Act of 2010 makes it an offense for any motor vehicle operator to use a mobile electronic or any other device to write, send, or read an electronic message including text messages, emails, and instant messages, nor can they access the Internet while driving. The law also encompasses the unsafe use of any mobile telephone or hand-held device (one hand must be on the steering wheel at all times), and use of a device at all by anyone operating a vehicle under the age of 18. This law applies even if traffic is stopped.
There is no arguing that texting while driving has led to a significant number of accidents. For example, in 2011, roughly 1.3 million auto accidents involved cell phones, which equals 23 percent of all accidents. It is estimated that texting and driving makes a crash 23 times more likely. In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction related crashes.
A major player in Massachusetts accidents caused by texting and driving is the idea that sending or receiving a text message takes only a moment. What offenders don’t consider, however, is that even one second can be the difference between causing or avoiding an accident. For example, taking your attention off of the road for 5 seconds while traveling 55 mph is equivalent to driving blind for about 100 yards. Interestingly, of the 34 percent of people polled in a recent study who have admitted to texting and driving, 77 percent said that they are confident they could text and drive safely.
Cell Phones in General are Dangerous While Driving
It is important to understand that texting is not the only culprit. Cell phone use in general increases the risk of a crash significantly. Those talking on a cell phone are 4 times more likely to have a car accident than those who are not. Studies show that talking on a cell phone while operating vehicle can decrease reaction time markedly.
Although we are aware that cell phones increase the rates of car accidents, these cases can be difficult to prove. In many cases, an offending driver will deny using their cell phone at the time the accident occurred. If that is the case, you may need the help of a lawyer to subpoena the offending driver’s phone records.
Contact Our Car Accident Lawyer for Help with Your Claim
If you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury caused by someone who was texting and driving or distracted by a cell phone in any way, the lawyers at Kelly & Soto Law can help you. We understand that auto accidents of any kind can have negative consequences for you and your loved ones. We work extremely hard to ensure all of the legal details of your case are handled properly and effectively. In the event you retain us as your attorneys, we encourage you to be as involved in the process as you would like and will always be here to answer your questions. We pride ourselves on the positive results we are able to get for our clients time and time again.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you will need an aggressive Boston car wreck attorney to ensure you receive compensation for your injuries. To set up a free consultation, call the lawyers at Kelly & Soto Law today at 617.807.0855. We would be more than happy to evaluate your claim and provide you with a realistic valuation of your case. If you would like one of our attorneys to contact you, please fill out the free consultation form.