Although car accidents from distracted driving occur on a daily basis, many drivers do not realize that they are distracted. From having a conversation with another person to changing a radio station, small, split-second decisions that take a driver’s eyes off of the road can be life-threatening.
Technology – specifically, cell phone use – has become one of the leading causes of distracted driving. When drivers look at their phones while driving, they immediately increase their chances of being in a car accident. Texting has become one of the worst culprits of distracted driving and it is now one of the leading causes of car accidents in Pennsylvania.
Legislators in Pennsylvania recently created a bill that sought to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. However, the bill was amended in a way that made the law almost unenforceable in order for it to pass.
The law, which was passed in October, only prohibits texting while the vehicle is moving. This creates a loophole that allows drivers to continue to interact with their cell phones while driving. As the law only explicitly mentions texting, it is still legally okay for a driver to make a call, check e-mail, or surf the internet while operating a vehicle. There is also no immediate way to prove that a driver was texting at the time of an accident, as drivers can refuse to hand over their cell phone when pulled over.
In the event of a car accident, police officers can subpoena phone records to determine if a driver was texting at the time of the accident. However, this does not fix the problem of distracted driving. As the general use of cell phones is still legal, car accidents due to phone usage continue to rise in Pennsylvania.
A Plea for Banned Cell Phone Use
Pennsylvania representatives are continuing to make a stand for safe driving measures. If distracted driving continues to exist, the law may be revisited to pass a full ban on the use of cell phones in a vehicle. As 15 other states, including New Jersey, have already made this change, Pennsylvania may decide to make the change soon.
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Victims of Distracted Driving
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. Call 215-569-8488 or complete our online form to schedule an initial consultation. Our offices are located in Philadelphia and we work with clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.