Distracted driving can take many forms. From texting to changing the radio, to even using a navigation system, it is easier than ever for a driver to take their eyes off the road. Oftentimes, drivers don’t even know they are engaging in risky behaviors until it’s too late. According to the National Safety Council, there are over 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every month that are attributed to using a cellphone.
Despite the passage of laws prohibiting texting and using a cellphone 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. At Rehmeyer & Allatt, we see a considerable number of distracted driving accident cases, and we know how to build a comprehensive claim.
Distracted driving is a very broad term that covers any action that distracts a driver either manually, cognitively and/or visually. Basically, it includes 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 include:
Distracted driving is a major issue. Sending or reading one text message takes your eye off 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 have 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.
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 drivers 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 lawyer who can assess your case.
Our experienced attorneys can help you seek just compensation after an accident with a distracted driver. Email us today to schedule your free initial consultation. You can also reach us by phone at 814-343-9860.