DID A DISTRACTED DRIVER CAUSE YOUR AUTO ACCIDENT?
Have you been injured by a distracted driver? The Bucks County Distracted Driver Attorneys at Kats, Jamison & Associates are here to help. Since the invention of cell phones, global positioning systems and other portable devices, the number of automobile accidents caused by distracted driving has seen an increase in scale. If you are texting while driving, checking Instagram, or talking on the phone – you may be at higher risk for being involved in an automobile accident.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident due to a carelessness or distracted driver, the lawyers at Kats, Jamison & Associates could help you with filing a personal injury cause.
Types of Distracted Driving
You can be distracted behind the wheel of a car in many different ways. According to the NHSTA (The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) distractions are classified in three main categories:
Cognitive – distractions occur when drivers allow their mind to wander off instead of focusing on the road and things around them.
Manual – distractions occur when drivers take their hands off the steering wheels.
Visual – distractions occur when drivers take their eyes off the road for a variety of different reasons.
There are some cases, which are particularly dangerous, where a driver is distracted with a combination of any of the three categories listed above. For example, a person who is scrolling through their FaceBook news feed is visually distracted, as well as manually distracted as one hand is holding the phone instead of the steering wheel. They may also be commenting on a post which adds the third category, cognitive distractions.
Depending on the type(s) of distraction or combination of distractions could create very dangerous circumstances. Here are a list of distractions that commonly occur and should be avoided as much as possible if you want to be a responsible driver:
- Adjusting the radio
- Applying makeup
- Listening to extremely loud music
- Looking out at something other than the road in front of you
- Talking on the phone
- Using a GPS device
Statute of Limitations in Distracted Driving Cases In Pennsylvania
In most circumstances, the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, an injured car accident victim has two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. There are some extremely limited exceptions, but for the majority of cases, unless a victim files within two years, he or she will lose the right to seek monetary compensation for injuries and damages sustained.
The timing of your case is very important, so contact an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Distracted Driver Statistics and Laws
Distracted drivers are more and more becoming significant public health concern. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. With the rapid expansion of mobile devices, it is expected that distracted driving accidents are likely to increase as time goes on. To face this issue, many states including Pennsylvania have passed specific legislation limiting or even banning the use of mobile devices while driving.
If you believe that a distracted driver caused your car accident or personal injury, have an experienced and knowledgable Northeast Philadelphia personal injury lawyer review your case to determine whether you have a valid injury claim.
Distracted Driver Laws for Commercial Vehicle Drivers
Federal law has banned commercial vehicle drivers from texting or using mobile devices while driving. These offenders may face significant files in order to deter drives from taking their hands off the wheel. Multiple violations of distracted driving can not only result in large fines, but also could prompt the removal of a drivers license privilege all together.
Commercial vehicles typically include large trucks, vans, and tractor-trailers. Due to their size and weight, these vehicles often have more kinetic energy during impact which could cause serious accidents and devastating injuries to occur. This is especially the case when a driver is distracted at the wheel. When commercial drivers violate the law and cause accidents, their employers and or insurance companies will often be liable for any damages that are to occur.