Sometimes it may seem that drivers in Massachusetts can simply go into auto-drive while driving there vehicles. However, even in situations where it seems there are no dangers, unexpected things can occur. People cannot control the other people on the roads and sometimes their behavior is unpredictable. That is why it is so important for people to pay attention to the roads and their surroundings at all times while driving to avoid car accidents.
As drivers know though there are many different distractions and the advances in phone technology have created a whole new set of them. People have constant information at the tip of their fingers, but texting, emailing, looking at websites and other functions on phones force people to take their eyes off the road. Sending and reading texts on average force drivers to take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds and when on highways that means people can travel the length of a football field without looking at the road. A lot can happen over the length of a football field.
So, it is not surprising that many car accidents are caused by people who are using their phones. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in the U.S. in accidents with distracted drivers and on average during the day 481,000 people are using their phones while driving. The injuries caused by these accidents can also be very devastating for the victims and result not only in physical injuries, but lost income and expensive medical bills. The victims may be entitled to compensation though, which can at least ease the financial burdens.
As the statistics show, many drivers in Massachusetts use their phones while driving. Most drivers are aware of the potential dangers even, but still decide to do it. If these distracted drivers cause accidents, they may be liable to compensate the victims for the damages they cause in the accident. Experienced attorneys understand the importance of this compensation and may be a useful resource.