What Is Distracted Driving?January 30, 2019
People hear the phrase distracted driving and immediately think of texting. The reason for this is that texting while driving has been identified as an extremely dangerous practice. Many states have banned it, including Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania’s Texting-While-Driving Ban forbids drivers from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device, such as a cellphone, to read, write, or send a text-based communication while their vehicle is moving.
The law has at least succeeded in raising the public’s attention on an issue that has ruined or ended hundreds of people’s lives.
The penalty for conviction, however, is only $50, plus court costs and fees.
There Is More to Distracted Driving
Driving experts say that 5 seconds of texting at 55 mph is the equivalent of crossing an entire football field blindfolded. The same can be said of other common distractions:
- Eating, drinking, smoking, or anything that takes your hands off the wheel
- Playing with the car radio, GPS, or an mp3 player
- Dealing with other people in the car
- Searching for an object in the vehicle, especially underfoot
- Trying to read a map, magazine, or slip of paper
- Grooming – such as combing hair, shaving or applying lipstick
- Looking at anything except the road ahead
You can even be distracted just by thinking about the sales pitch you are about to give, or an argument with your spouse before you drove away. These are referred to as cognitive distractions.
Taking your hands off the wheel is called manual distraction, while taking your eyes off the road is called visual distraction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Tow truck drivers say that a lot can be learned about an accident from what objects fall to the car floor when it is in a collision: a phone, a CD, or a half-eaten burger each tells a different story.
How Serious a Problem Is It?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,450 died in 2016 because some other driver took their eyes off the road. In the previous year, 391,000 people were injured in crashes that involved distracted drivers.
The NHTSA further estimates that 481,000 drivers are likely using cell phones while driving every day. Unfortunately, evidence shows that those distressing numbers are going up, not down.
No one sets out to injure others. When it happens because drivers fail to observe basic, commonsense rules, that constitutes negligence. Those who are injured because of this indifference to safety on the part of others are entitled to compensation under the law.
Delaware County Car Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Help People Injured by Distracted Drivers
It is upsetting to realize you suffered a serious injury or lost a family member because the person in the other car did not care enough about your safety to pay attention to the road. When you need compensation for medical costs and lost pay due to any kind of distracted driving, talk to a Delaware County car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, including Delaware County, Media, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 610-892-4940 today.