Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Build Compelling Cases Against Distracted Drivers
Millions of Distracted Drivers Across the Country are Putting Other Drivers at Risk
The State of Pennsylvania defines distracted driving as “anything that causes you to either take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off the road or take your hands off the wheel.” Unfortunately, millions of drivers every day turn their attention from driving to other things, increasing the chances of a collision or other accident. If you’ve suffered an injury because another driver wasn’t paying attention to the road, the Philadelphia distracted driving accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, help you recover damages for your suffering.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe the main types of distracted driving behaviors:
- Visual – anything that gets a driver to look away from the road including distractions within the car and outside of the car
- Cognitive – anything that causes a driver’s mind to wander away from the task of driving
- Manual – anything that causes a driver to take his or her hands off the wheel while driving
Texting While Driving in Pennsylvania
The most common and most talked-about type of distracted driving in America today is texting while driving. Pennsylvania law prohibits texting while driving by banning the use of any Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) while a vehicle is in motion.
The current law imposes a $50 fine for convictions, but does not put any points on the penalized driver, and the infraction is not recorded on a non-commercial driver’s record. The ban, while helpful, is not particularly severe, especially when you consider that sending a single text takes your eyes off the road while traveling the length of a football field.
What the regulations do, however, is place a distracted driver in breach of the law if it can be proved that the driver was texting at the time of an accident. This can be a huge advantage when filing an injury claim after an auto accident.
Other Types of Distracted Driving
Texting while driving gets most of the headlines these days, but it is important to remember that there are many ways a driver can be distracted from the road. If you notice any of these behaviors leading up to an accident, they can help your attorney prove your injury claim.
- Drowsy driving
- Eating, drinking or smoking
- Looking for an item in the vehicle
- Personal grooming
- Reading or writing
- Talking to other passengers
If you think a driver was distracted or texting, causing an accident in which you were involved, be sure to notify our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers, so we can investigate the claim. It may help you prove your case and secure compensation for your injuries.
If You’ve Been in a Collision Involving a Distracted Driver, Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC can Help You get the Compensation You Need
At McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC, our Philadelphia car accident lawyers have more than 26 years combined experience representing auto accident victims. If the other driver was texting or distracted, then he or she is at fault for what could have likely been an avoidable accident. Get the compensation you deserve, for a free initial consultation call 215-569-8488, or 302-888-1221, or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located across the street from City Hall, a short distance from the train, subway and trolley. Or if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you. We serve clients in Pennsylvania including the Philadelphia region, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County as well as clients in the states of Delaware and New Jersey.