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Texting, Driving, and the Law in Massachusetts


Distracted driving is a major problem, resulting in tragic accidents on roadways across the country. To mitigate this issue, Massachusetts has a law that prohibits all drivers from using a cell phone or any other mobile device to text or email while operating a motor vehicle. It is a primary law, which means that a police officer can cite you for it even if you have not committed another traffic violation. While there has been a push to pass a bill to ban the use of all handheld devices in Massachusetts, the bill has run into some roadblocks and it is still legal for drivers over the age of 18 to talk on a cell phone while driving.

If you are under the age of 18, the law is even stricter, prohibiting both talking and texting, even when using a hands-free device. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), texting and driving is among one of the most common and dangerous forms of driving. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver who was texting at the time, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation. Seek the skilled legal assistance of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Exceptions to the Rules

In Massachusetts, there are some exceptions to the cell phone ban. Public transportation drivers are prohibited from talking on a cell phone and, like other drivers, cannot use a cell phone or device for the purposes of sending texts or emails. All drivers are allowed to use cell phones to call for emergency assistance or to report a number of emergencies, such as:

  • A disabled vehicle or accident
  • A request for immediate medical attention
  • Police, fire department, or other emergency services

Some public transportation drivers are allowed to use a cell phone to perform any necessary official duties.

Car Accident Attorneys in Massachusetts

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you pursue fair and just compensation and hold them accountable for their negligent actions, but you will need a skilled personal injury attorney on your side. At Flanagan & Associates in Massachusetts, our legal professionals are dedicated to representing the wrongfully injured and will do what it takes to ensure you are able to collect monetary compensation for your injuries and losses.

Get started on your case today and contact Flanagan & Associates today at (781) 332-4344 to request your free initial case evaluation with an experienced personal injury attorney today.