A Massachusetts teen will serve one year in jail after having been found guilty of homicide as a result of texting while driving.
According to an article on CNN.com, the teen was found guilty of vehicular homicide, texting while driving, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle after a 2011 crash that killed one man and injured another passenger.
The teen received 2-1/2 years for the vehicular homicide charge and two years for texting and causing injury. He will serve one year concurrently on both charges and the balance of both charges is suspended for five year. His license is suspended for 15 years.
The accident took place in February 2011 when the teen’s car crossed the center line on a street in Massachusetts, hitting an oncoming car.
In a taped interview with police following the crash, the teen said, “I was tired. I was distracted. When I looked away for one quick second, I came too close to her and I was trying to hit my brakes.”
In the U.S., 38 states now ban texting while driving.
Distracted driving has become a real issue in our country and this case may be just the tip of the iceberg. If you are involved in an auto accident where the responsible party may have been texting while driving, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the auto accident attorneys at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.