Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of serious car accidents in the country. Legislators have begun to acknowledge the dangers of driving while distracted and the majority of U.S. states have adopted laws banning texting while driving. But the problem isn’t going away.
If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you will need qualified representation from a firm familiar with the challenges involved with a distracted driving accident. Working with the most experienced car accident lawyers guarantees victims that their rights will be protected. With more than 55 years handling car accident cases for clients throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, Munley Law is ready to hear your case. Contact us now for a free consultation.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs when the driver attempts to engage in other activities while driving a vehicle. It’s not just text messaging; numerous distractions can take a driver’s attention from the road, including conversations with passengers in the car, children in the backseat, eating, using a navigation system, or even the radio. However, the leading culprit of driver distraction these days is the cell phone.
Many drivers think that a quick phone conversation or a brief text message is harmless because “it will only take a minute.” But in reality, it only takes a second for a distracted driver to get into an accident, and the consequences can last a lifetime.
The facts about distracted driving and cell phone use are sobering:
- In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
- In Pennsylvania, there were 1,298 cell phone-related accidents including 12 fatalities during 2013.
- According to PennDOT, from 2002 to 2012 there were 9,935 car accidents attributed to cell phone use in Pennsylvania – including 846 accidents involving hands-free phones or Bluetooth communication devices.
- The percentage of drivers texting or using handheld devices increased from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 2.2 percent in 2014.
- Texting while driving is 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving drunk.
- Drivers who are talking on cell phones react to brake lights 18% slower and take 17% longer to return to a normal speed after braking.
- 53% of all adults with cell phones have either been on the receiving or the giving end of a distracted walking encounter.
Get the Best Scranton Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers
Drivers know that cell phones can be hazardous distractions on the road, but they choose to use them anyway while driving. This type of behavior is so clearly negligent that you might think an accident claim against a distracted driver would be simple to handle. However, a successful case must prove that the driver was distracted and that the accident wasn’t caused by another factor beyond the driver’s control. Insurance companies representing drivers against whom claims have been filed will try to minimize their damages by offering insufficient settlements or simply denying the claims.
Scranton car accident law firm Munley Law has over five decades of experience in dealing with insurance companies and handling accident claims. We are familiar with all of the techniques that the insurance companies may use to influence you to settle quickly and for less compensation. Insurance companies have a team of investigators, adjusters, agents, and attorneys to protect them. As the accident victim, you need your own team of legal experts to protect you.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, you deserve experienced legal representation from a firm that understands the challenges you face because of your injuries. When drivers engage in behavior that puts others at risk, they must be held accountable – and you should not have to pay the ultimate price for their negligent and reckless refusal to follow the letter of the law.
At Munley Law, our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. Our distracted driving accident attorneys strive to achieve the highest standard of excellence for the protection of individual rights through teamwork and the use of our considerable resources and experience.
To schedule a FREE consultation with a distracted driving accident lawyer, contact us by calling (855) 866-5529 or fill out our online form. We do not recover a fee unless we win your case for you.