In a world where everyone needs to be connected 24/7, it’s hard to avoid picking up the cell phone whenever it beeps. We check our phones at work, at dinner with friends, even in the bathroom! But texting while driving is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous.
When you get into an auto accident with a distracted driver, the results can be quite severe. You could be facing months even years of medical bills and physical therapy. You may not be able to work ever again. All because someone was not paying attention to the road.
The Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton distracted driving accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli understand the pain you and your family are going through. That’s why we fight for the injured and make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries. With more than $110 million in settlements and verdicts, we work as a team to make sure you receive compensation for your injuries.
Distracted Driving in PA: What You Need to Know
Distracted driving has become an epidemic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3,450 people were killed in auto accidents involving a distracted driver in 2016. The NHTSA estimates that 481,000 drivers use handheld devices during the day, resulting in distracted driving accidents that injured 391,000 people in 2016. Distracted driving accounts for at least 25% of all motor vehicle crashes.
In Pennsylvania, texting while driving is against the law. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the law states a driver is prohibited from using “an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.” Not only will you receive a fine of up to $150, but will need to pay court costs and other fees.
But using your cell phone or other devices are only one aspect of distracted driving. Other forms include: