Car Accidents Related to Cell Phones
The Law Offices of John C. Manoog III is a full service personal injury law firm whose Cape Cod car accident attorneys represent clients throughout the area who have been injured in a wide range of car crashes, including those caused by cell phone use. We handle these and other negligence cases regularly and have a proven track record of getting our clients the compensation they deserve. We understand the physical pain and mental and emotional stress that can come with an auto collision, and we are dedicated to helping people get back on their feet after a crash.Facts About Car Accidents and Cell Phones
Car accidents are often caused by unsafe behavior behind the wheel, whether it’s a driver changing a radio station, fixing his hair in the rearview mirror, or eating breakfast when he should be focusing on the road. More than 3,300 people are killed each year in collisions caused by distracted driving. Perhaps the biggest culprit in unsafe driving these days is the cell phone, the modern device that helps us make calls, send emails and text messages, check the weather, and even get driving directions with the touch of a few buttons (or with a simple voice command). The problem is that many people choose to do all of these things – often at the same time – while driving. Nearly a quarter of all car accidents each year involve cell phone use. A whopping 69 percent of U.S. drivers admit to talking on the phone while behind the wheel and another 31 percent say they’ve also sent text messages or email while operating a car.Suing for Damages in Car Accident Cases
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another person’s unsafe behavior – whether constituted by cell phone use or speeding – you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries from the responsible driver. The law generally allows a person injured in an accident to seek various damages, including money for:
- Doctor and medical bills (present and future)
- Property damage
- Missed wages due to time away from work
- Pain and suffering
Negligence is the most common legal theory used in these cases. In order to establish a negligence claim, an injured person (plaintiff) must show that the person being sued (defendant) owed the plaintiff a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, and that the breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Drivers are generally required to act in a reasonable and safe manner on the road and will be liable for negligence in the event that they engage in dangerous behavior that leads to an accident. In addition, Massachusetts law bans drivers from texting while driving, and makes it illegal for those under the age of 18 to use cell phones at all while behind the wheel.How Can We Help You?
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our lawyers have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients injured in car accidents, including those caused by cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving. We have a hard-earned reputation in the legal community and among those we represent for providing comprehensive services and fighting aggressively on behalf of our clients. We have previously obtained settlements of more than $1 million for clients injured or killed in crashes.Fighting for Your Rights
Our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers don't charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. We also offer free consultations from offices in Plymouth and Hyannis, and we are happy to travel to you if you can't make it to our offices. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.