Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death in America, with more than 9 people killed each day. Over 1060 people per day are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. When drivers are using their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle they are 37% less likely to pay attention to the road. Similarly drivers who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to crash. Sending or receiving text messages while driving takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. Cell phones are not the only type of distraction while driving. There are many other ways to fall under the category of distracted driving.
Three types of distractions include:
- Visual: When you take your eyes off the road
- Manual: When your hands are not on the steering wheel
- Cognitive: When your mind is not focused on driving
These different types of distractions are the causes of distracted driving accidents. Some popular activities that cause these distractions while driving are:
- Texting/Phone calling
- Talking to passengers
- Personal grooming
- Picking up Items of the floor
Massachusetts has recently changed its law, now making it illegal to talk on your phone without a hands free device. This new law declares fines that are the same as the current texting law for 1st offense $100, 2nd offense $250, and 3rd offense $500. This law states a driver cannot use and mobile or handheld device capable of sending electronic messages, emails, internet access, videogames, etc.
Facchini & Facchini, PC offers consultation and representation for clients, who have suffered from or have been charged with distracted driving.