Distracted Driving Accident Attorney in Bucks County & Montgomery County
When you first learn to drive, you’re taught certain basics that are meant to prevent accidents from occurring: never get behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking, keep your eyes on the road, and avoid texting and driving, to name a few. However, not every driver follows these rules, which often leads to sudden and life-changing vehicle crashes that can endanger the lives of everyone involved. Accidents can happen even if a driver takes their eyes off the road for a moment to glance at their phone or grab something from the center console.
Drivers are more distracted than ever before. Using cellphones, emailing while driving, fiddling with the radio, talking with passengers, and other distractions make our roads less safe every day. Distracted driving is a form of driver negligence, and victims of distracted driving accidents have the right to fair financial compensation for the damage caused by these dangerous accidents.
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The lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. can explain your legal options and help you determine the most strategic course of action. Contact us online or call us to speak to a Pennsylvania distracted driving accident lawyer. We represent individuals who’ve been injured on Route 78, I-95, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and highways throughout our state.
The Dangers of Distracted Driving in Pennsylvania
When a driver takes their attention off the road, they’re putting the life of every other motorist at risk. Distracted driving accidents are all too common, with numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicating that 20% of crashes resulting in personal injury involve distracted driving. In Pennsylvania, data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation states that distracted driving was a factor in 14,292 crashes last year. Of those crashes, 63 were fatal.
Pennsylvania has taken steps to reduce distracted driving accidents, including passing laws prohibiting the use of certain electronic devices when a car is in motion. Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code prohibits any driver in Pennsylvania from using “an interactive wireless communication device to send, read, or write a text-based communication while the car is in motion.” This includes wireless phones, personal digital assistants, smartphones, portable or mobile computers, and any similar device that can be used for texting, instant messaging, emailing, or browsing the internet. Likewise, the state prohibits the use of headphones.
If caught, the penalty for using an interactive wireless communication device while driving is a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees. However, the adverse effects of such a crash could reach beyond the realm of statutory penalties. If a distracted driver injures another party that wasn’t at fault, they may have to pay additional compensation to reimburse them for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, psychological effects, and more.
Throughout Montgomery County, and Bucks County, clients in Pennsylvania count on our law firm for experienced and aggressive personal injury representation. When a client has been injured in an accident caused by distracted driving, we take the time to thoroughly investigate the accident’s cause in order to help them pursue compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, future medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Why Do Distracted Driving Accidents Occur in Pennsylvania?
What causes us to be distracted while driving in the first place? We’ve broken down the causes of distracted driving so you can place your full attention on the road and avoid accidents.
Texting and Driving
Texting and driving has become an ever-present danger on Pennsylvania’s highways, a trend advanced by the popularity of smartphones. When drivers take their eyes off the road, reaction times slow down, and emergency stops become more difficult. In fact, using a cellphone while driving perhaps impairs a driver’s reactions as much as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08%.
We’ve become dependent on GPS and apps to get us from point A to point B while driving. For many, using it doesn’t even seem like a choice anymore—it’s just what you do—but setting up a GPS route while driving can be just as dangerous as texting. Even simply taking your attention from the road to glance down at the directions can lead to disaster.
Lost in Thought
Perhaps the most significant cause of distracted driving fatalities is a driver’s mind wandering long enough to lead to a collision—and someone’s death. Other common causes of distracted driving include driving while angry or sad, handling rambunctious dogs or kids, eating or drinking, or adjusting audio or climate controls.
Contact an Experienced Texting and Driving Accident Attorney in Montgomery County
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident as a result of a distracted driver, speak with a distracted driving accident lawyer about your options as soon as possible. The experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford will meet with you one-on-one to discuss your case and any potential obstacles during a free consultation. We’ll outline the facts and help you determine the most strategic method to pursue compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and damages associated with the crash.
For more than 65 years, our attorneys have been serving clients’ legal needs in Montgomery County, and Bucks County, and throughout the surrounding areas. We have offices in Newtown and Colmar, PA, and can travel to meet with you in your home if you’re unable to travel to us. We’ve earned the trust and respect of clients facing a wide range of legal problems. Our attorneys serve to protect you and guard your rights. Give us a call at (215) 822-7575 or complete our online contact form today.