Distracted Driving and Head-On Accidents on the Rise in Pennsylvania
At first glance, 2013 looked like a pretty good year as far as traffic accidents go in Pennsylvania. The overall number of traffic fatalities fell to 1,208 recorded deaths, a new record low in the 85 years of recorded traffic statistics. But while overall deaths are falling in Pennsylvania, certain types of accidents are increasing, and the statistics are alarming.
Amidst shrinking accident fatalities, new threats loom
Nearly every type of accident showed a decreased number of deaths in 2013, including those involving speeding, lack of seat belts and intoxication. Two types of accidents that did increase, however, are distracted driving accidents and head-on crashes. Distracted driving can cover a variety of activities, from eating to grooming to adjusting the radio, but one increasing trend on the roads today that cannot be ignored is texting while driving.
Drivers sending texts often travel hundreds of yards with their eyes on their phone screen instead of the road. That’s hundreds of yards that a car is effectively out of control. If a driver stops, a light changes or a pedestrian walks across the street; the distracted driver won’t know it.
Given this information, it’s not surprising that head-on collisions are also on the rise. No direct correlation has been suggested, but it stands to reason that drivers not watching the road could veer into oncoming traffic or fail to notice another driver doing the same.
Distracted driving isn’t just a buzz word, it is a real and growing danger that injured more than 400,000 people in 2012 alone. And with more than 660,000 drivers using their cell phones or interacting with electronic devices at any given moment, that number isn’t likely to go down any time soon.
Drivers need to take extra care to drive defensively and be aware of the drivers around them, because those drivers may not be aware of you. Distracted driving leads to high-speed crashes, rollovers and head-on collisions that can cause whiplash, broken bones, concussions and even death.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers: Handling All Types of Accident Claims Including Distracted Driving
The Philadelphia car accident attorneys at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC encourage anyone involved in a distracted driving accident to contact their Philadelphia offices at 215-569-8488, or 302-888-1221, or online. They have more than 26 years of combined experience with personal injury claims, and work with accident victims personally, while aggressively pursuing maximum compensation for injuries.