Accomplished Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Hold Distracted Drivers Accountable
Texting while driving is dangerous and negligent
According to a 2013 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, over 90 percent of adults own a cell phone. Assuming that the majority of these adults are also drivers, it is not hard to imagine that many of them are guilty of what is becoming a national epidemic: texting while driving.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015 alone, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,477 people with another 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The car accident lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC, aggressively fight to hold distracted drivers responsible for their negligence. We pursue maximum compensation and have a history of success in securing multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for victims of texting while driving accidents.
Holding distracted drivers responsible for their negligence
Texting while driving is a form of distracted driving that takes a driver’s attention from the road and surrounding motorists. The minimum amount of time a driver’s attention is diverted from the road while texting is 5 seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field while driving at 55 mph. Of the various distracted driving activities, texting requires a driver’s attention to be away from the road for the longest amount of time, making the occurrence of an accident 23 times more likely.
Texting while driving is not only dangerous for the texting driver but also for other motorists. In fact, some studies have shown that people who text while driving are as dangerous as someone who is legally intoxicated. Texting requires a driver’s attention to leave the roadway for an extended period of time. This leads to a decreased response time and a delay in the recognition of slow or stopped traffic, leaving the driver no time to apply the brakes.
Texting while driving can cause serious accident injuries
Texting while driving accidents are typically more severe than simple fender-benders because they often occur at higher speeds. The person texting is unaware of their surroundings and often fails to slow or stop when necessary. Texting while driving accident victims can suffer from a variety of injuries, including:
These substantial injuries can be life-altering and a victim is entitled to the maximum compensation that returns the victim to the same level of life enjoyment they experienced before the accident. Some forms of compensation that may be awarded in texting while driving accident cases include:
- Loss of future earnings
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
If the accident results in the death of the victim, the victim’s family members are entitled to:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of the victim’s future earnings
Contact an Experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer if You have been Injured by a Distracted Driver
In an effort to protect motorists, some states have passed laws that prohibit texting while driving. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer as soon as possible to begin collecting evidence and putting together a strong case on your behalf. The texting while driving accident lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC, offer a free initial case consultation. We take a personalized approach to your case and maintain open communication throughout the judicial process. We serve the Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, and southeast Pennsylvania areas including Delaware County, Chester County and Montgomery County. Contact us at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221, or online today.