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Distracted Driving Causes Auto Accidents

A lot of attention is and should be paid to drivers that are distracted. More and more states, including Massachusetts, outlaw and consistently campaign heavily against texting and driving. This is due to the fact that the amount of auto accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by texting is and continues to be on the rise.

However, with so much focus on texting and driving, other hazards may have been overshadowed. Hazards such as using a GPS device may need to receive more attention as well. In fact, a pedestrian was killed by a distracted driver and according to police, the 18-year-old girl was distracted by her GPS instructions on her cell phone device at the time of the accident. The 56-year-old man that was killed had pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road just before the accident. He was moving around his vehicle, pulling a trailer, when the teenager crashed straight into him. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

In this accident, as in other auto accidents, the family of the victim has the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver. Filing such a claim certainly won’t bring the victim back to his family, but it may give them a sense of peace that they have obtained some justice for their family member. Additionally, this accident serves as an awful reminder to Massachusetts drivers that texting or even answering a mobile phone call, looking at a GPS device or any other obstacle while driving for even just a few seconds can be long enough for disaster to strike. Be safe, drive while driving, and save the rest while at rest.

Aiken & Aiken P.C