Distracted Driving Accidents
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our Cape Cod car accident lawyers have been helping people injured in collisions caused by the dangerous and negligent behavior of others since 1994. We understand the pain, frustration, and stress that accompany these situations, and we are dedicated to seeking maximum compensation on behalf of our clients after a car crash or other accident. Our lawyers take this responsibility seriously, and we fight aggressively to both protect our clients' rights, and to obtain any and all legal remedies to which they are entitled.Cell Phone Use and Other Driver Distractions
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, both in Massachusetts and across the country. Much of this distraction is caused by improper cell phone use, whether it's a driver talking on the phone, texting, or even surfing the web from behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are three different types of distractions that can lead to accidents: manual (taking hands off the wheel); visual (taking eyes off the road); and cognitive (taking mind off driving). All three of these may result from cell phone use while driving. For example, the NHTSA estimates that texting while driving makes a motorist two times more likely to get into an accident on the road.
But cell phone use isn't the only risky behavior that can lead to crashes. Driver distractions also come from:
- Eating and drinking
- Changing CDs or radio stations
- Talking to passengers
- Reading maps or using a GPS
- Watching TV or other video
Distracted driving encompasses any behavior that diverts a driver's attention from the primary task at hand: getting from point A to point B safely.Massachusetts Lawsuits for Distracted Driving Crashes
A person who is injured in a car crash caused by another's distracted driving has the right to seek a variety of remedies from the responsible parties. These remedies are intended to make the injured person whole after an accident, and often include money for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Negligence is the most common legal theory under which a person injured in a car accident may seek legal redress. In order to prove a negligence claim, the injured person (plaintiff) must show that the person being sued (defendant) owed a duty of care to the plaintiff to exercise reasonable care, that the defendant breached this duty of care, and that the breach caused the plaintiff's injury. Drivers, for instance, generally have a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonable and safe manner. Those who cause an accident by failing to do so can potentially be held liable for negligence.Why Choose The Law Offices of John C. Manoog III?
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our lawyers have more than 146 years of combined experience representing clients in a wide range of personal injury matters, including those stemming from distracted driving car accidents and alleging claims for negligence. We have the experience, knowledge, and ability to fight for our clients in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and we take pride in giving those we represent the peace of mind that we are working tirelessly for them. Among other settlements, we've previously obtained $1.25 million for a client who suffered a head injury in a car accident and $1.56 million for the family of a person who was killed in a crash.
At our firm, you are not just a number – we handle each case with the diligence, care, and personal attention it deserves. We will respond to your emails and phone calls, answer your questions, and are never too busy to explain the important legal concepts at issue in your case.Fighting For You Every Step of the Way
Our Massachusetts personal injury attorneys and criminal defense lawyers proudly serve clients throughout the state, working from offices in Hyannis and Plymouth. We can meet with you over the weekend or in the evening, and will travel to meet with you if you cannot come to one of our offices. Call us at 888.262.6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.