It is completely normal for Worcester residents to see men and women, teens and even young children, walking down the streets with cellphones in their hands. Whether they are sending messages to friends or colleagues, searching for addresses or information, or updating their social media feeds, there is one thing for certain: they are not paying much attention to what is happening in front of them.
This terrifying scenario not only plays out on sidewalks, but also in the drivers’ seats of many Massachusetts vehicles. Drivers continue to use their cellphones at an alarming rate and, when they do, they put everyone else on the road at risk.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has promulgated guidance for drivers on how to avoid the dangerous practice of texting and driving. Many of the suggestions offered in the guidance remind drivers to plan ahead, such as entering addresses into phone GPS systems before starting to drive and setting up automatic messages that alert callers and senders of text messages that the recipients are driving and not available to communicate.
Drivers are also reminded that, if they must make or take calls, they should pull over rather than using their devices while operating their automobiles. Drivers can also take away the temptation of using cellphones by putting them out of reach or just turning them off so that they cannot alert the drivers of incoming messages or calls.
It is unfortunate that despite the easy ways that drivers can avoid texting and driving accidents, many will choose to use their phones in irresponsible and dangerous ways. Victims of texting and driving accidents have rights and may seek the legal counsel of attorneys who can help them fight for the recovery of their losses.