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Distracted Driving

Helping hold distracted drivers accountable

Distracted driving is a significant public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1,600 people are injured every day in motor vehicle accidents that were reported to involve a distracted driver. With the increasing popularity and accessibility of cell phones and other personal electronic devices, many observers expect the problem to continue to grow. In an effort to combat this issue, many states, including Pennsylvania, have passed legislation limiting or even banning the use of certain types of devices while driving. Not all driver distractions are due to cell phone, however, and it is important that any who suspects that they have been injured by a distracted driver have their case reviewed by an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to determine whether they may have a claim.

Distracted driving can take many forms

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), there are three main types of driver distraction:

  • Visual – Visual distractions occur when a driver takes his or her eyes off of the road for any reason.
  • Manual – Any distraction that takes a driver’s hands off of the wheel constitutes a manual distraction.
  • Cognitive – A driver whose mind is wandering or is preoccupied with something other than driving is cognitively distracted.

Some driver distractions can involve two or even all three kinds of distractions, making them particularly dangerous. For example, a person who is text messaging is likely looking at his or her phone (visual), manipulating the screen or keypad (manual), and thinking about the text that he or she is composing (cognitive). Given the level of distraction that texting creates, it is no surprise that a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) indicated that texting while driving can raise a driver’s crash risk by 23 times. While texting has been shown to be particularly dangerous, there are many other potential driver distractions that could result in an accident. These include:

Talking on the phoneUsing a GPS deviceAdjusting the radioReadingEating Applying makeupGroomingTalking to a passengerLooking at sceneryListening to podcasts or audiobooks

Contact a Philadelphia personal injury attorney today for a free consultation

Distracted driving can cause accidents that have the potential to result in serious injuries, which in turn can cause significant medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering, among other losses. Fortunately, victims may be able to recover for these and other damages by bringing a personal injury claim against the responsible party or parties. The best way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve is to retain the services of an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.

Attorney Gabriel Levin is a seasoned personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to holding distracted drivers responsible for the injuries they cause. In order to schedule a free consultation with Mr. Levin, please call our office today at (215) 825-5183 or fill out the contact form available on the top-left side of this page.

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