Due to widespread public service campaigns, educational efforts and increased enforcement of distracted driving laws, Massachusetts readers are all aware of the dangers of texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. Still, many still engage in this dangerous habit, putting other motorists at risk of injury or death.

A recent traffic accident involving Bruce Jenner serves as a reminder of the potentially serious consequences of distracted driving. The former track and field Olympian and television personality was reportedly involved in a fatal accident in Malibu earlier this month. Although the accident is still under investigation and it has not been confirmed that distracted driving was involved, some details of the incident have been released. 

Footage of the incident shows Jenner rear-ending two cars and causing another to veer into traffic in the oncoming lane. The driver of the latter vehicle died after being struck by a Hummer. According to reports, Jenner—who had been hauling an off-road cart on a trailer—was attempting to avoid traffic that had slowed for a stop light. Although initial reports said that the deceased driver had struck the vehicle in front of it before veering into the oncoming Hummer, video footage suggests that Jenner may be more to blame for the accident than first believed.

The investigation is reportedly seeking to determine whether texting was involved in the crash. Jenner maintains that he was not intoxicated or distracted prior to the accident, though it is possible that he may have been distracted by some other activity.

As we all know, there are a variety of possible intentional distractions while driving, and we are all responsible for avoiding them and keeping our focus on the road. Those who are harmed by a negligent driver have the right to be compensated for their injuries and losses. Working with an experienced attorney ensures that one’s rights will receive strong advocacy.

Source: USA Today, “Cops: Video shows Jenner rear-ended cars in fatal wreck,” Tami Abdollah, Feb. 18, 2015.