Philadelphia Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Between smartphones, GPS systems, fast food, and touch-screen radios, there is no shortage of things to distract Philadelphia drivers today. We live in a fast-paced environment that is constantly pushing us to multitask, to waste no time, and to do more, faster. Unfortunately, mixing this pressure and driving can lead to deadly consequences.
Types of Distracted Driving
Multitasking while driving has become increasingly problematic on our streets and highways in recent years, as competition at work and modern technologies encourage on-the-go communication.
Kids who are learning to drive now have had smart technology for their whole life – they don’t disconnect easily – and texting while driving incidents keep going up. Despite the fact that it’s against the law in Pennsylvania, more than 1,400 drivers were cited for texting and driving in our state in 2014 alone – and those were just the people the police caught and charged.
The number of people ticketed for texting and driving has steadily risen since the law passed in 2012, instead of dropping as officials had hoped. This fact points to an increased number of people using their phones and driving and most likely correlates to the new generation of drivers who are accustomed to using their phones in any situation.
Phone use isn’t the only form of distracted driving; other forms can be equally deadly:
- Eating or drinking
- Emailing, skimming social media, or browsing the internet
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to other passengers
- Reading or writing
- Personal grooming
- Rubbernecking in crash or work zones
All of these distracted driving behaviors can put you, your passengers, and people on the road with you in danger. Taking your eyes off of the road, even for a second, is enough for conditions to change drastically and for you to get into an accident.
In work zones and school zones, distracted driving can be especially dangerous. In these places, children or construction workers are apt to step into the road at any moment, without warning. Conditions are constantly changing, and drivers need to show extreme caution and care while driving through such zones. Children are especially liable to pop out from behind parked vehicles and run into the road – creating a nightmarish situation if drivers don’t pay strict attention.
Our Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Involvement in a distracted driving accident can be even more frustrating and complex than a regular car accident, because there are accusations, blame, and guilt surrounding these situations. If no one was hurt, the distracted driver is still liable for the damages caused and potential mental or psychological damage the other driver and/or passenger suffers in the accident. They can also face fines and charges for reckless driving, negligence, or breaking the law (in the case of texting and driving).
If you were involved in a distracted driver accident and don’t know where to turn next, we have your solution here. The personal injury lawyers at Ciccarelli Law Offices have defended distracted drivers in various accidents and situations, and we always listen to what you have to say above everything else. Our experienced car accident lawyers can help you recover from any injuries or liabilities you’ve incurred during a distracted driving accident today, by taking the time to get to know you, understand your situation, and develop a plan moving forward.
Call us (215.228.0100) for a free consultation or to set an appointment with one of our personal injury lawyers. You can also submit a query or chat online with a live representative. We’re here to answer all of your questions and concerns regarding a distracted driving accident, so you don’t have to fight this battle alone.