There are many threats to driver safety in Pennsylvania, and distracted driving is one of the most serious of these concerns. With technology constantly changing, even improvements made in the name of safety, such as hands-free capabilities, can be a distraction and danger. Those harmed in a distracted driving car accident should take steps to know their rights, including the right to financial compensation.
Distracted driving is a phrase that is used to describe any activity that takes the attention of the driver off of the task at hand. In most cases, this involves the use of a cell phone, either by texting or talking on the phone. Drivers sometimes even participate in the dangerous activity of checking social media or reading an email while behind the wheel. Other distractions include talking to passengers, putting on make-up, eating or using a GPS.
Distracted drivers often display some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers. Swerving, speeding, driving at erratic speeds, drifting into other lanes and other dangerous actions compromise the safety of those inside the vehicle and every other driver on the road. While it may seem that distracted driving is hard to prove, an experienced legal ally can help those who have been harmed by this inexcusable and dangerous behavior.
If hurt in a car accident caused by distracted driving, a victim should seek a consultation regarding the possibility of a civil claim. Personal injury compensation cannot undo the damage done in an accident. However, it can help a Pennsylvania victim move on, pay for medical treatment and obtain a full recovery.
Source: nsc.org, “Distracted Driving“, Accessed on April 12, 2016