Distracted driving can be caused by all sorts of activities, but readers know that cell phones are a particularly common source of the problem. Many people know that texting is banned for all drivers here in Massachusetts, and that novice drivers are banned from all cell phone use. Technically, this means that established drivers are able to use hands-free devices.
Drivers are, however, not allowed to use headphones to listen to music or take a phone call while driving, at least not headphones in both ears. Doing so is punishably by a fine, and there is a good reason for this. Simply put, motorists who are distracted by listening to music or taking a call may be unable to hear sirens and may end up getting in the way of emergency vehicles. Impairing one’s ability to hear activity on the roadway can also lead to accidents.
Aside from the specifics of distracted driving laws, it is important for readers to remember that drivers are required by law to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner at all times. Even if a potentially distracting activity is not prohibited by law, it may still be unsafe if it makes the driver more prone to cause or become involved in an accident.
Those who are harmed by a distracted driver have the right to be compensated for their injuries, but making a strong case for liability isn’t always easy, especially when distracted driving is involved. Heaving the guidance and advocacy of a skilled attorney can help in building a strong case, though.