Technology has improved the lives of people in Massachusetts. Through its use, people are better able to seek help in an emergency as well as stay in touch with family and friends who are scattered across the country. Unfortunately, people who use their phones while driving could potentially cause distracted driving accidents that have devastating consequences. A recently proposed law could further limit the use of cellphones while driving in Massachusetts.
Under current law, all drivers are banned from texting while driving. Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from any cellphone use. However, Massachusetts police officers claim that it is difficult to enforce the “no texting” ban for adults because they are allowed to have their phones in their hands as long as they are talking to someone. Because of advances in technology, some lawmakers are pushing laws requiring the use of hands-free devices.
There are opponents to the bill, however, Some people claim that laws such as this simply support the idea of Massachusetts as a “nanny state.” They further state that it is the individual driver’s responsibility to take action to ensure that phone conversations do not distract him or her from the roadway in order to protect the lives of others. Governor Charlie Baker has stated that he is unsure whether he would support such legislation at this time.
Unfortunately, there are many people in Massachusetts coping with the consequences of distracted driving accidents. While certain behaviors may not be prohibited by law at this point, if it is determined that a driver’s negligence led to another’s injury or death, the driver can be held financially responsible. By filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, many victims of such accidents have been able to find some degree of closure for the emotional wounds as well as compensation for the financial ramifications of such an accident.
Source: CBS Boston, “Massachusetts Could Ban Talking On Cell Phones While Driving“, Steve LeBlanc, Oct. 6, 2015