Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Each day in the United States, hundreds of people are involved in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Cell phones have become one of the biggest distractions for drivers, with the number of distracted-driving accidents increasing each year. More than 20% of drivers are likely to get into a serious automobile accident if they are using a mobile device. The use of a cell phone while driving gives the driver less time to react to any given situation, and may cause them to miss obstructions in the road, other vehicles, and even people.
In Pennsylvania, there is a primary law in place that has banned the sending of any type of message while driving, including texts and emails. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, call 800-560-3388 for a free consultation (Evening and weekend appointments are available).
Our practice is completely focused on advocating the rights of innocent accident victims. If we handle your case, we will only receive a fee if we recover a settlement for you.
Drivers in Pennsylvania are allowed to make calls while driving, but it is recommended that this be avoided. Those caught texting while driving by law enforcement can face a $50 fine, court costs, and other fees.
Distracted driving can fall into any of these categories: Visual Distraction, Manual Distraction, or Cognitive Distraction.
- Visual Distraction: Removing your eyes from the road at any point while driving to look at another passenger, a mobile device, or at yourself in a mirror.
- Manual Distraction: Removing your hands from the wheel for any reason, including adjusting the radio or using a mobile device.
- Cognitive Distraction: When your mind wanders and you are no longer focused on the road or what your vehicle is doing.
Tips To Stay Focused
- Keep your cell phone on silent and stored during your time behind the wheel. If you cannot hear your phone alerting you of a call, text, or email, you are less likely to become distracted by it.
- If your vehicle is equipped with Bluetooth technology, utilize it. Your phone calls can be taken directly through your vehicle, and you can do so without taking your hands off the wheel.
- If you are traveling with a friend or family member, have them monitor your phone while you are driving. They can take your calls and answer texts or emails while you stay focused.
- Do not engage in emotionally tolling conversations on the phone or with other passengers while driving, as they can take your mind off of controlling your vehicle.
Remember, cell phone use of any kind while driving can cause serious injury to you or those around you, including other passengers in your car, other motorists on the road, or pedestrians on streets and sidewalks. Don’t become another statistic. Don’t text and drive.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an incident caused by a distracted driver, contact the experts at Naftulin & Shick.