Texting and driving is one of the most pervasive and most dangerous forms of distracted driving we see today. Philadelphia drivers who text at the wheel rear-end other motorists on the Schuylkill Expressway or hit pedestrians in the crosswalk in Center City.
There are multiple types of distraction: manual, visual, and cognitive. Texting while driving encompasses all three; it takes your hand off the wheel, your eyes off the road, and your mind off the task at hand. There’s little wonder that hundreds of thousands of injuries result from this behavior each year. Many of those injuries prove fatal.
If you or your family member were hit by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, you deserve justice. A Philadelphia texting while driving car accident lawyer can represent you and hold the at-fault person responsible.
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Call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation with a Philadelphia texting and driving accident attorney at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys. We will answer your questions and explain your legal options so you can decide what to do next. There is no charge for this meeting, and we do not get paid for our services unless we win your case.
Philadelphia’s Top Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers
After a serious car accident, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. You’re likely to be dealing with medical appointments and bills, insurance issues, lost income, damage to your vehicle, and more. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help clear up the confusion and take some weight off your shoulders. In order for your claim to be successful, it’s important to choose the right law firm.
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys has been in business since 1959. We are a family business with a long history of standing up for injured, vulnerable people when they need it most. In the last 60+ years, we have built a reputation in the legal profession as leaders in complex personal injury cases and cases involving commercial vehicles. Marion Munley, a triple-board certified trial lawyer, was named “Top 10 Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania” by Super Lawyers in 2023. Our attorneys are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and have consistently been named the Best Lawyers in America, as voted by their peers and clients. We belong to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and have won some of the largest settlements and verdicts in Pennsylvania. No law firm is better qualified to handle your texting and driving accident case.
Our attorneys have decades of experience handling all kinds of car crashes in and around Philadelphia. Because of our extensive track record and nationwide reputation, we have amassed the resources and network of experts that the biggest law firms in the U.S. have access to. And, while we have the power of a big law firm, we provide the personal service and attention you can only get from a small boutique firm.
We also represent bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists who have been hit by a distracted driver in Philadelphia.
Damages in a Texting and Driving Accident Case
Do I need a lawyer? What is the purpose of a personal injury lawsuit? How much money will I get in a car accident case? These are some of the most common questions people have after being injured in a car crash caused by a negligent driver. The fact is that you are likely to face substantial costs and financial losses after a serious accident. The purpose of hiring a Philadelphia car accident attorney to file a lawsuit on your behalf is to recover the damages you have suffered.
Damages in a texting and driving car accident case can include economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages include things like your hospital bills, medications, surgeries, and other treatments, or lost wages due to time missed from work or lost earning power due to a disability that resulted from the crash. Non-economic damages consist of mental anguish, pain and suffering, and lost quality of life.
The damages you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries, your average income, and other factors specific to you. It will also depend on the skills and resources of your attorney and their ability to fight for the maximum amount you are owed.
Philadelphia Texting and Driving Accident FAQs
What is the Penalty for Texting While Driving in Philadelphia?
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal for drivers to text while operating a vehicle. The state law prohibits drivers from using an interactive wireless communication device to send, read, or write a text-based message while the vehicle is in motion. The law includes text messages, emails, instant messages, and internet browsing.
The penalties for texting while driving in Pennsylvania include a fine of $50 for a first-time offense and a fine of $100 for subsequent offenses.
Commercial drivers are prohibited by federal law from using a cell phone to talk or text while operating a commercial vehicle. Violators face a fine of $2,750.
How Can I Prove a Driver Was Texting?
In order to recover damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, you will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. This is where a Philadelphia texting while driving accident lawyer can help you. We will not only argue for the full extent of your damages, but we can also obtain the necessary evidence to prove that the other driver was texting at the time of the crash. This evidence might include official police reports, eyewitness testimony, surveillance footage, and the defendant’s phone records.
If the Other Driver Was Texting, Should They Pay My Medical Bills?
One of the most common questions people ask after a car accident, especially one where they were not at fault, is, “Who will pay my medical bills?” In Pennsylvania, all drivers are required to carry personal injury protection or “PIP” coverage. You would first use this coverage (as well as any available health insurance) to pay your medical bills. Then, you would look to the at-fault driver’s insurance for additional compensation.
However, it’s rarely that simple. The defendant’s insurance may deny liability or refuse to offer a reasonable settlement. Maybe you don’t have your own insurance, and you were hit as a pedestrian or bicyclist. Whatever your situation, we can help you clear a path forward. By filing a personal injury claim for your texting and driving accident case, we will fight for maximum compensation for your past medical bills as well as any future treatment you may have as a result of the crash.
How Long Do I Have to File a Texting and Driving Accident Lawsuit in a Philadelphia Court?
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. This means your lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of your injury. This is not a quick process, so it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The Philadelphia texting and driving accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys offer free consultations, so you can have a meeting with a lawyer worry-free.
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Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys
1617 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19103