Distracted driving is responsible for hundreds of thousands of injuries
each year in the United States. Recent statistics show that texting is
one of the most common culprits behind distracted driving accidents. In
fact, it is estimated that at any given time, approximately 11 percent
of drivers use their phones while driving. This cognitive, visual, and
physical distraction makes the driver four times more likely to get into
a collision, and is responsible for more than 6,000 yearly fatalities.
Did you know…?
- …that there is a 25 percent chance that any motor vehicle crash
involved cell phone distraction?
- …that 33 percent of drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 have admitted
to reading or writing a text message while driving within the last month?
- …that nine Americans are killed every day in distracted driving
Is Texting While Driving Illegal?
In light of these alarming statistics, the use of handheld cell phones
behind the wheel has been banned in 14 states, and
46 states and the District of Columbia have made it illegal for drivers
to text while driving.
In an effort to inform the public of the very real dangers that texting
and driving present to public safety, the Federal Communications Commission
is working with safety, industry, and government organizations in order
to identify new ways to reduce instances of distracted driving. Even wireless
carrier AT&T has jumped on board, creating its “It Can Wait” campaign to discourage texting while driving, with the slogan “Your
life is worth more than a selfie.”
Experienced Car Accident Lawyers in Philadelphia
If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident caused by
a texting or otherwise distracted driver, you may be entitled to pursue
compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. For a free evaluation of your
case, we invite you to
contact the Philadelphia car accident attorneys at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs.
The Pennsylvania statute of limitations allows injured people only two
years to file a claim, so contact us as soon as possible to preserve your
right to seek justice.
Our office can be reached at (888) 899-0652.