According to an article from The Boston Globe, the crash happened at around 6 a.m. June 9, along Route 18 in the suburb of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Police say the victim was texting on his phone when he crossed over the center line of traffic near Bedford Street. The victim, who was traveling northbound, then collided with a southbound vehicle, nearly head-on.
The accident highlights the increasing number of incidents involving distracted drivers in Massachusetts. Law enforcement states that 1,146 distracted driving citations were issued in Massachusetts in 2011, and 1,711were given out in 2012. Data indicates distracted drivers cause as much as 20 percent of fatal accidents.
These numbers leave many motorists wondering what is being done to prevent distracted driving. Lawmakers are set to examine several bills tomorrow that would not only increase penalties for distracted driving offenses, but also require the use of hands-free devices when operating a motor vehicle.
The Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyers with Jason Stone Injury Lawyers say the simplest and most effective way to prevent distracted driving accidents is for motorists to simply put their phones down while driving– and encourage others to do the same.