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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.

Distracted Driving Accident FAQs

Q: What is the penalty for distracted driving in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has a statewide texting-while-driving ban. The law prohibits drivers from using an “Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.” The penalty is a summary offense and a fine of $50.00, plus court costs and other fees. 

Q: What should I do if I get hit by a distracted driver?

If you are involved in an accident with a driver who was distracted, take the following steps:

  • First, seek medical attention for yourself and any passengers in the vehicle. Even if your injuries seem minor, they may become worse as time passes and adrenaline wears off. 
  • Contact the police at the scene of the crash and make sure a police report is made. The police report will be crucial to your case if you need to take legal action in the future. When speaking with the police, report the events as you saw them as calmly as possible. Do not attempt to place blame, and do not admit to even partial fault for the crash. 
  • Take down the names and badge numbers of any officers who reported to the scene
  • Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver.
  • If possible, take photos of the scene and of the damage to your vehicle.
  • Contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Even if you are still in the process of getting medical treatment and waiting to hear from your insurance company, an experience car accident lawyer can help you navigate this challenging time and guide you through the next steps.

Q: How much does a distracted driving car accident lawyer cost?

When you’ve been hurt in a serious car accident, the last thing you need is an additional cost. At Munley Law, we believe that all people should have equal access to top-notch legal representation, regardless of income and wealth. When you hire a car accident lawyer at Munley Law, you don’t pay anything for our services unless we win your case. 

Q: How long do I have to file a lawsuit against a distracted driver?

The statute of limitations for injury claims in Pennsylvania is two years. This means you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the distracted driver who caused your injuries. However, there are many steps to be taken before filing a lawsuit so it is in your best interest to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. 

Do I Have A Case?

If you think you may have a personal injury case, contact us now for a FREE consultation.

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