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The dangers of texting and driving are thrust into the spotlight


A recent Bridgewater accident shined a light on the perils of texting and driving. The Bridgewater car crash occurred when a man, while texting, crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision and hit two other vehicles. The texting driver was injured in the wreck and a driver of one of the other vehicles also suffered injuries.

Massachusetts police are now trying to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. Citations for violation of the texting law, which went into effect in 2010, have skyrocketed past 1,700 in 2012. It is also likely there are many violations that are not caught, putting other motorists at severe risk of serious injury or death. Police are trying to remedy the situation by targeting texting drivers but the task is difficult, as dialing a number and using a phone's GPS system while driving is legal.

Though the police are trying to eradicate texting and driving, the sad fact remains that this dangerous activity will continue for the foreseeable future. When a negligent driver crosses the center line or fails to stop and causes an injurious accident, the victim can be left in a condition that requires long-term care, or unable to work, and suffer long periods of pain.

For these individuals, legal action may be their only hope for recovery of their damages. If a victim can prove that another driver was negligent and that negligence led to the accident that caused the victim's injury, then recovery may often be obtained. In an instance when texting caused the accident, negligence will likely be found.

If a plaintiff recovers from a lawsuit, the compensation can be used to pay medical expenses, cover lost wages and help comfort any pain and suffering felt by the victim. Such recoveries will help victims reach the road to their normal life and further raise awareness of this dangerous issue.

Source: Enterprise News, "Bridgewater crash puts focus on texting while driving," Maria Papadopoulos, June 12, 2013

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