A law in Pennsylvania against distracted driving makes sending text messages on a cell phone or using other mobile devices while driving illegal. Drivers who wish to talk on the phone must use some sort of hands-free device so they’re not distracted. Traffic safety experts have recently made serious claims about texting while driving. One that stands out is that texting while driving is as dangerous as being under the influence of alcohol. Studies have shown that using a cell phone while operating a vehicle is not only extremely dangerous, but expensive as well in terms of auto insurance. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision caused by someone who was texting while driving, you may need the help of an experienced Philadelphia distracted driving accident attorney.
If you were injured by a driver who was talking on the phone or texting at the time of the accident, call The Heslin Law Firm to schedule a free legal consultation. Our firm has the experience necessary to prove the negligence of the other party and get clients the fair compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Distracted Driving Accident Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people and injured an estimated 416,000 more across the country in 2010. Another study shows that there has been more than a 100 percent increase in fatal car accidents caused by distracted driving since 2005. In terms of serious injuries, phone-related distracted driving has caused more than 24,000 auto accidents.
Teen cell phone use
- Teens 15-19 years old make up the largest proportion of distracted drivers.
- Texting while driving kills 11 teens each day, according to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Over 90 percent of teens agree it’s a serious threat, but about 35 percent admitted to doing it anyway.
- 11 percent of fatal distracted-driving accidents involved teens ages 15-19 years old.
- 21% of distracted teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by cell phones.
- Compared to adults, teens are four times more likely to be involved in a distracted driving accident.
- Teens who have passengers in their car double the risk of a car crash. More than one passenger increases the risk to 5 times.
- Almost half of drivers under 18 years old admit to texting while driving.
Free Consultations for Victims of Texting-While-Driving Accidents
Have you been hurt in an accident where the driver was distracted by his or her mobile device? Acquiring the legal representation of an experienced Philadelphia distracted driving accident attorney will help you determine whether or not you have a case. Call The Heslin Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation. You can reach our office at 215-332-0300.