Car Accidents Caused by Cell Phone Use
Driving while on a cell phone is a dangerous practice that takes a drivers focus away from the road and often can lead to a serious motor vehicle accident. Rhode Island and Massachusetts have passed laws against texting and driving, but talking on a cell phone is still legal. The Lawyers at Barsom Law Group represent victims who have been injured in a car accident related to cell phone use through out Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Barsom Law Group helps victims in Providence, Boston, and surrounding areas hold negligent drivers liable for the damages they have caused.
In Rhode Island and in Massachusetts, texting and driving is illegal. Additionally, school bus drivers and drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. If you are a victim of a driver who was distracted by using their cell phone, then you may recover monetary damage by filing a personal injury claim. The victim needs to establish that the driver was negligent. Negligence is present when a defendant owes a duty of reasonable care to another person, and that duty was breached by their actions, causing injuries and resulting in damages.
Negligence per se may also apply in certain situations. Negligence per se makes violating a statute in and of itself evidence of negligent actions, without having to prove the existence of a duty of care and breach. Under this theory, the defendant has injured a victim that the statute was designed to protect by engaging in conduct that the statute prohibits. When negligence or negligence per se is present, victims maybe entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Talk to an Attorney in Providence or Boston if you have been in a car accident
If you have been injured in a car accident related to cell phone use, the attorneys at Barsom Law Group can help you evaluate your legal rights. Our firm is dedicated to making sure you receive compensation for your injuries. The Barsom Law Group represents injured victims throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.