In what could be considered a warning to everyone who texts while driving, an 18 year old from Massachusetts was sentenced to two years behind bars, the maximum sentence, after being found guilty of motor vehicle homicide by texting. The teenager was the first in Massachusetts to be charged with this crime after swerving across the center line and colliding head on with the victim’s truck. The victim died after 18 days in the hospital.
Texting while driving is now a crime in 38 states and has led to some horrific car accidents. In this case, the teenager sent a text message at 2:34 PM, received a text message at 2:35 PM, and was involved in the accident at 2:35 PM. The district court judge who assigned the maximum sentenced said he was attempting to send a message of deterrence to anyone who texts while driving.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker sees incidents of distracted driving daily. People texting, talking on cell phones, or simply not paying attention in general cause many, many accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact us today at (800) 333-0000 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and vehicle damage.