Pennsylvania Cellphone and Texting Car Accidents
We live in a fast-paced society in which many people find it difficult to manage the competing demands of their work, family and personal lives. The ability to efficiently multitask has become increasingly necessary.
Unfortunately, our increased focus on multitasking has had some adverse consequences. One such area where multitasking has had negative and in fact deadly consequences is driving. Inappropriate cellphone use and texting have become a major contributing factor in auto accidents. In fact, the state of Pennsylvania has recently passed stringent laws designed to prohibit texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving.
The Impact of Texting and Driving
Numerous studies have been conducted to study the impact of texting and driving. These studies show that texting dramatically slows reaction time and can significantly increase the likelihood of a motor vehicle accident. In fact, a recent article by Car and Driver magazine found that texting and driving actually slows reaction time more than drunk driving.
Holding Negligent Drivers Responsible
If drivers avert their attention from the road for just a second, they may cause an accident. They may unexpectedly swerve onto the side of the road and strike a pedestrian or bicyclist. In heavy traffic, a person who is texting may fail to notice that traffic has come to a sudden stop, thus causing a rear-end collision. In numerous ways, a driver who chooses to send a text message while driving is endangering other motorists and nearby pedestrians.
At Berger and Green, we are committed to helping people who have been injured due to the negligence and wrongdoing of others. We work hard on behalf of accident victims to pursue maximum compensation for their injuries. No person has a right to endanger the safety of others simply because they are impatient. Pennsylvania law now makes it clear that texting and driving is not acceptable. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver who was texting or engaging in any other form of negligence, let us put our experience to work for you.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our Pittsburgh texting and driving accident attorneys, call (412) 661-1400 or contact us by e-mail. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no attorneys’ fees or costs to us unless we recover compensation for you. Berger and Green offers free home and hospital visits.