Recently, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) kicked off their “End Distracted Driving” campaign at the Massachusetts State House. This initiative is part of a nationwide “End Distracted Driving” movement to prevent car accidents and promote safety on the roadways through advocacy, education and action. MATA plans to target new drivers by spreading the “End Distracted Driving” message in high schools across Massachusetts so that today’s youth never learn to drive a car while distracted. MATA held their first such presentation at Medford High School on February 5, 2013.
Although Massachusetts recently enacted a Safe Driving Law making it illegal for a person to use a cellular phone or handheld device capable of accessing the internet while operating a vehicle, we know all too well that distracted driving extends beyond cell phone use. Remember the recent bus accident on Storrow Drive in Allston, MA, caused by a bus driver who was reading his GPS device instead of paying attention to the road? If someone eats, drinks or operates the radio behind the wheel, that driver is driving while distracted. If the driver causes an accident while doing so, the driver is liable for the damages caused by his or her negligence. As experienced car accident attorneys, we at SUGARMAN know that taking your eyes off the road for even one second is long enough for a serious and devastating car accident to occur.
By educating students, MATA hopes to permanently change the distracted driving culture we at SUGARMAN are all too familiar with. Our clients often come to us for help after being seriously injured in accidents caused by drivers who were not paying attention to the road. These cases can be devastating for each and every person involved and, what’s worse, are usually preventable. As personal injury attorneys, all of us at SUGARMAN are pleased to support this statewide effort.
SUGARMAN has extensive experience in investigating and litigating accidents caused by distracted driving and can help if you have been involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver. To contact us, please fill out a Contact Form, call us at (617) 542-1000 or e-mail email@example.com.