Distracted Driving Accidents in Philadelphia
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 400,000 Americans are injured in distracted driving accidents annually, and a further 3,000 deaths are caused by distracted drivers. The Philadelphia vehicle accident attorneys at Wapner Newman represent victims of distracted driving accidents and will fight for every penny you are entitled to under the law.
Distracted driving is performing any activity that takes your attention off the act of driving. Distracted driving includes doing any of the following while behind the wheel:
- Sending or receiving text messages
- Talking on a cell phone
- Reading maps or directions
- Operating a GPS
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting a car stereo
- Talking to passengers
Even if an activity is legal doesn’t mean its safe. For example, even when you use a hands-free device, your attention isn’t devoted to the task of driving; making it more likely that you’ll be involved in a car accident. The NHTSA has identified three ways that using a cell phone distracts motorists:
- Manual impairment (hands off the wheel)
- Visual impairment (eyes off the road)
- Cognitive impairment (attention off the task of driving)
Texting is particularly distracting because all three of the modes of distraction come into play. In fact, texting while driving causes the average motorist to remove his or her eyes from the road for 4.6 seconds. That’s the same as driving the length of a football field blindfolded if you’re driving at 55 miles per hour.
How Our Distracted Driving Lawyers Prove Your Case!
Proving fault in a distracted driving case can be difficult because most motorists won’t voluntarily admit to irresponsible behavior. But the auto accident attorneys at Wapner Newman have many tools at their disposal and can obtain surveillance camera video, interview witnesses, and subpoena cell phone records to highlight a distracted driver’s negligent behavior at the time of an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver in Philadelphia, you need an experienced legal team on your side. Please contact the Pennsylvania and New Jersey accident attorneys at Wapner Newmanor call 1-800-LAW-6600 (800-529-6600) today to arrange your free consultation.