Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving can take many forms from texting to changing the radio, even using a navigation system can cause a driver to take their eyes off the road. Oftentimes, drivers don’t even know they are engaging in risky behaviors until its too late. According to the National Safety Council, there are over 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every month that are attributed to using a cell phone. And despite the passage of laws prohibiting texting and using a cell phone while driving, the problem only seems to be growing. Here in State College, Pennsylvania, with the large number of young, college-aged drivers on the road, distracted driving is a real concern.
What is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is a very broad term that covers any action which districts a driver either manually, cognitively and/or visually. Simply anything that makes a driver divert their attention from the road and operation of their car. While distracted driving most commonly refers to texting while driving, many commonplace activities are considered distracted driving. Some examples of distracted driving can include:
- Talking on a cell phone
- Using social media apps on a phone
- Using a navigation system
- Changing the radio
- Personal grooming
Is Distracted Driving a Serious Problem?
Distracted Driving is a major issue, and accounts for over 17% of traffic accidents in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 3,000 people died in crashes where distracted driving played a role. They also report that at any one time during the day, approximately 8% of drivers on the road are using their cell phone. Pennsylvania lawmakers have attempted to minimize distracted driving by passing the Pennsylvania Anti-Texting Law, which took effect on March, 8, 2012.
Sending or reading any one text message takes your eye of the road for 4.6 seconds. If a car is traveling 55 mph, sending one text is the equivalent of traveling an entire length of a football field, while blindfolded. Even secondary tasks such as talking on the phone having been shown to decrease driving performance. While multitasking is a prime skill at your job, it can have deadly and costly consequences on the road.
What Happens If You Are Injured by a Distracted Driver?
If you were injured in an accident that involved a distracted driver you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to criminal penalties against distracted driver’s who cause accidents, victims of distracted driving accidents can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy and more. The first step in building a case is to contact an experienced State College Civil Litigation and Distracted Driving lawyer. Call the State College personal injury and car accident attorneys Rehmeyer & Allatt today for a free consultation and case evaluation at (814)-343-9860.