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Distracted Driving Accidents

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:

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  • Reading a book or newspapers while behind the wheel
  • Fiddling with the radio or GPS
  • Eating or drinking without hands on the wheel
  • Putting on makeup
  • Shaving or engaging in other personal grooming
  • Interacting with passengers in the car

When You Get Into a Distracted Driving Accident

Whenever you get into a car accident, your first reaction is probably one of shock. Did that really just happen?

Your first step is to make sure you and everyone in your car are ok. Make sure the scene is secure and if you can, move the car to a safe area. Once you call 911, you will need to exchange information with the other driver as well as other people involved in the accident. The most important part is getting witness testimony, especially if the driver was distracted at the time of the accident.

You want to get as much evidence as you can to prove the distracted driving was the cause of the accident. Get photos, eyewitness accounts, the police reports, and any medical records following the accident.

The most important piece is to contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli. Our distracted driving accident lawyers will get straight to work, reconstructing the accident, speaking with experts, and fighting on your behalf with the insurance company.

Contact Our PA Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Now

Getting into an auto accident is a stressful and complex time in your life. But finding out that accident could have been prevented if the other driver was paying attention is worse. What you need is a strong, experienced auto accident legal team to help you get compensation for your injuries.

At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, results matter. We know what needs to be done to get you justice. Time is of the essence. Contact our Pennsylvania distracted driving accident lawyers today for a free consultation if you are located in Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, or anywhere else in the Keystone State.

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