Be Safe There’s a Pandemic on Cape Cod
Be Safe It’s Busy on Cape Cod
As a world-wide tourist destination and an increasingly popular year-round venue, it’s safe to say that it’s always busy on Cape Cod. And now with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’re seeing record level home sales and extended seasonal occupancy as students and people work remotely, many flocking to the Cape from Boston and nearby New England States like Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and even Pennsylvania. This naturally brings increased motor and pedestrian traffic and therefore, the propensity for more car, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Driving aware and abiding by the rules of the Massachusetts roads is a smart start. Traffic quadruples, the highways from the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are still packed on the weekends and the bicyclists and motorcyclists are in abundance on main roads, side roads and bike paths that intersect with busy roads. All good reasons to just to slow down, and put down the phone while driving. Relax, breathe and take in the salt air and rich green beauty along the scenic Cape roadways instead. Chill out. When was the last time you got in your car and just drove? No devices, no beverages, no nothing, just you, the car, and the road. For most, that may be never. Teens have no idea what it’s like to be without an iPhone or airbuds for more than five minutes.
All this adds up to a ton of distracted driving and when coupled with excess traffic, it could mean disaster. Car accidents are inevitable but you can do your part to minimize the incidents and respect everyone on the road by driving with awareness and abiding by the rules of the Massachusetts roads.
Massachusetts’ Senate Unanimously Approves Hands-Free, Distracted Driving Bill
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has had cell phone driving laws in place since 2010. Recently the month of April was chosen to honor Distracted Driving Awareness. And also in 2019 Governor Baker has proposed and the Senate just passed on June 6, 2019, a ‘Safety on the Roads’ bill that requires use of all electronic devices while driving to be put in ‘hands-free’ mode only. Meaning, all phone tasks would be completed through voice-activated commands.
It’s also a good idea to review your car and motorcycle insurance policies. Be sure you’re aware of the right insurance coverage levels and most importantly that your coverage is adequate to protect the people in the car (not just vehicle) and the pedestrians that could come in contact with it. In countless circumstances, people find out too late that they didn’t have the right coverage before an accident occurred. And after the accident – well, too late!
Please contact our offices, we’ll schedule a Free Consultation to review your insurance policy or handle any questions and concerns if you’ve been involved in a car or pedestrian-related accident. Let us evaluate the complex circumstances to determine if you have a case.