A recent article discussing the long-term ramifications of a motor vehicle accident caused by texting while driving highlights the damage that can result. In November 2011, Anthony Arminio and his father were driving in Bucks County, northeast of Philadelphia, when a Volkswagen Jetta flew out of nowhere and landed on their Chevrolet truck. The weight of the vehicle crushed the legs of both men. Arminio suffered two broken legs, a broken pelvis, a broken hip, and bleeding to his brain. His father suffered two broken legs and a broken neck. After three years and close to $400,000 of hospital bills, the men both say they still deal with pain from the accident.
The driver of the Jetta, William Van Camp, was arrested for his role in the crash. Unlike many accidents, this one didn’t involve speeding, alcohol, or drugs. It was caused by Van Camp carrying on text conversations with three different people. Van Camp’s phone records revealed that he had sent or received 13 text messages in the 12 minutes immediately prior to the collision. When asked about the conversations, Van Camp said that he couldn’t even remember their subject matter. The consequences of his actions will not be easily forgotten, though, as he spent nine months in prison and was required to complete 50 hours of community service and pay restitution payments.
How texting while driving can change the lives of motorists
Studies have shown that over 1.5 million motor vehicle accidents are caused by texting while driving. Though there is no federal law against texting while driving, many states are taking action. Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey have passed laws that make it illegal to text while driving. However, this does not mean that people are not still engaging in the action. Officers interviewed in the Arminio case admitted that it is difficult to prove texting while driving cases, since they must actually observe the individual texting and see their attention is off the road. In some states, officers are sitting in tractor-trailers in order to get above the normal sightline in order to catch drivers in the act of texting.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Victims Injured in Texting While Driving Accidents
Texting while driving can change lives and in some states it is a criminal action. There is nothing to text about that is important enough to put the lives of others in jeopardy. Someone who has been involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a texting driver should contact a skilled texting while driving accident attorney about their case. The Philadelphia car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, have extensive experience handling cases involving texting motorists and have secured multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured victims. With offices in Philadelphia or Wilmington, they offer a free initial consultation and can be reached by phone at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221, or online.