WERE YOU HURT IN AN CAR WRECK CAUSED BY A DRIVER THAT WAS DISTRACTED BY A CELLPHONE?
The majority of drivers today have been warned or at least made aware of the dangers of texting and driving, yet the odds of a person being in a car with a driver who is texting and driving still remain high. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting and other distracted driving practices caused 3,477 deaths in 2015.
What is considered distracted driving? Distracted driving is any action that takes the driver’s focus away from driving a vehicle safely. Examples of distracted driving include eating and drinking, putting on make-up, and even adjusting the radio volume. While these examples of distracted driving are dangerous in their own way, texting while driving has quickly become the main cause of most distracted driving accidents. With the exponential rise in smart-phone ownership, text message use has gained mainstream popularity and has even replaced many voice conversations on the phone, especially among young adults and teenagers. A large amount of drivers underestimate the effects of texting and driving. According to the NHTSA, sending or reading a text will take about five seconds, and if you are traveling at 55 mph you will go the entire length of a football field without having your eyes on the road.
The consequences of texting and driving can range from receiving a traffic citation to being the cause of a fatal accident. In 2015, while driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal substances, a Pennsylvania man was texting while driving and struck and killed a sixty-six year old pedestrian. He received a sentence of thirteen to twenty-six years in prison, and his recent appeal for a lesser sentence has been denied. Because of accidents like this and many others, Pennsylvania has now proposed legislation that will increase the penalties for those convicted of vehicular homicide who were texting while driving. As states begin to pass harsher laws for distracted drivers who cause harmful and fatal accidents, rethink the next time you reach for your phone while driving- it might save your life.
If you were hurt in a car wreck caused by a driver that was distracted by a cellphone, that injury lawyers at The Sessions Law Firm can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation.