Have you ever been behind a driver who was swerving across the road in the middle of the day? You start to wonder how many drinks he or she had, and then, when you pass the car, you realize he or she is actually engaged in using a mobile phone. Or, you may have been guilty of sending or reading a text yourself. Maybe you are a repeat offender!
But, the statistics are in, and distracted driving is not only extremely dangerous, but it is also in Pennsylvania. However, there are many different options to avoid a car accident in Philadelphia. Mobile phones, a leading cause of car accidents via distracted drivers, have fought back against this trend of distracted driving based accidents by offering a number of applications that can motivate drivers to avoid using their phone during driving.
One such example is Milz, an app that allows you to set up a prepaid account for a friend or teenager, which is redeemed when the driver connects his or her phone to the account. Milz works by monitoring the activity of the driver and only allows a monetary reward when the phone is not used during driving. Another similar application is CellControl, which functions by allowing families or companies to specify what activities are allowed or disallowed while driving. It includes a hardware piece that is placed in the vehicle. Some phone companies offer helpful phone modes as well. For example, AT&T offers “,” a free application that allows automatic replies when a user’s car is moving at or over 15 miles per hour. The mode enables the user to specify certain allowable callers while it sends all others to voicemail, and it can alert parents if the mode is disabled or turned off. TextNinja allows drivers to earn rewards and points for safe driving. DriveSafeMode and Live2Txt are other available applications with similar functionalities.
A car accident as the result of distracted driving is preventable, but such accidents are, unfortunately, very common and injure thousands of people in the United States each year. Being the victim of a car accident can be injurious or deadly and can lead to extensive medical bills, insurance complications, and a long judicial process. If you or a loved one has been the victim in a car crash in the Philadelphia area involving a distracted driver or a driver who was texting, you need to find a qualified Pennsylvania attorney to assist you throughout the court process. A lawyer will protect your rights and ensure that you receive the full and fair value of your claim.
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