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Philadelphia Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Driving properly entails the manual use of a person’s hands, visual attention, and mental concentration. Anytime a driver takes his or her hands off the wheel or his or her eyes or attention off the road, the risk of a car crash increases.
Distracted driving is among the leading cases of motor vehicle accidents in Pennsylvania and across the country, especially due to the use of handheld devices such as cell phones, personal tablets, and laptops. Studies show that at any given time, more than 100,000 drivers across the country text while driving during the daytime, and over 600,000 drivers operate their vehicles while talking on the phone. Statistics also show that at least 9 people are killed each day in car crashes involving distracted driving, with more than 1,000 individuals sustaining injuries.
If you were injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, call The Brod Law Firm for a free consultation. We will investigate your case promptly to determine if distracted driving was indeed a major factor in your accident. If so, we will help you obtain full and fair compensation for your losses and damages.
Texting While Driving
Of all the forms of driving distractions, texting while driving is probably one of the most recognized. In the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, it is considered illegal to read or send text messages while driving.
More specifically, an individual driving is not allowed to use any interactive wireless communication device or IWCD to write, send, or read messages. These devices include cell phones, mobile computers, personal digital assistants, and essentially any device that can be used to browse the web or send and receive messages. Violation of this law results in a $50 fine.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Though other types of distracted driving apart from texting while driving are not deemed illegal, they may still be considered crucial factors when it comes to determining liability.
Some common examples of distracted driving in Pennsylvania include:
- Eating or drinking
- Watching a video
- Using a radio or navigation system
- Looking at or talking to other passengers in the car
- Reading a map, newspaper, or book
- Grooming or applying makeup
- Drowsy driving
Choosing to perform or engage in such activities while behind the steering wheel is irresponsible and careless. Not only are you putting you and your passengers at risk for serious injury, but also nearby drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Contact The Brod Law Firm
Distracted driving laws are in place in order to protect motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, our attorneys at The Brod Law Firm can discuss your options and thoroughly investigate your case to determine whether you have a legal claim against another driver. If so, we will protect your rights and help you obtain the best outcome possible. Contact our Philadelphia accident lawyers at The Brod Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation.
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