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Distracted Driving Major Cause of Philadelphia Car Accidents

Apr 2014

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

The month began with the launch of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s first nationwide distracted driving enforcement and advertising campaign. The effort comes as the USA Today reports more than 1 in 4 of the nation’s traffic accidents are now caused by cell-phone use.

Distracted driving accident attorneys in Philadelphia know Pennsylvania has finally joined more than 40 other states in162661269 prohibiting drivers from texting at the wheel. The law prohibits the use of an interactive communications device for texting, instant messaging, emailing or browsing the Internet, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. However, enforcement remains a challenge because drivers are not prohibited from dialing or using a hand-held cell phone.

Pennsylvania anti-texting laws often difficult to enforce

As The Morning Call recently reported, enforcement is difficult for law enforcement officials because they might not be able to tell the difference between a talking driver and a texting driver.

“Out on the street, is it very difficult to tell if a person is texting? Yes — I won’t make that a secret,” said Allentown Police Capt. William Reinik, who is in charge of the traffic division.

In Philadelphia, the number of tickets issued dropped from 243 in the year after the ban was passed, to just 91 tickets last year. Statewide, authorities have issued little more than 1,000 tickets a year since the law was enacted, which is having little impact on the risks faced by motorists. Authorities report distracted driving was to blame for 1.152 crashes and 59 traffic deaths in Pennsylvania in 2011.

Of course, our Philadelphia injury lawyers know cell phones are far from the only distraction faced by drivers; eating, grooming, applying makeup, using in-car electronics and talking to passengers can all take your eyes from the road and increase your risks of being involved in a serious or fatal traffic accident. The NHTSA reports at least 3,328 people were killed and more than 421,000 injured in distracted-driving collisions last year.

Teen drivers and texting accident risks

As with other examples of poor driving decisions, teens are among those at highest risk. In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports texting while driving kills 11 teens per day. Other stats highlighting the risk to teens include:

-Teens are four-times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash while talking on a cell phone.

-94 percent of teens identify texting and driving as a serious threat, yet one-third admit to regularly doing so anyway, according to a study by AAA.

-A teen with one other passenger doubles the risk of a collision. A teen driver with two or more passengers faces five-times the fatal accident risks.

-Half of all teenagers admit to texting and driving. About one-fourth of teens admit to responding to at least one text message every time they drive.

About 30 students from high schools in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Philadelphia counties recently participated in a Teen Safe Driving Competition at the Technical College High School’s Pickering Campus, according to the Montgomery Times Herald. The young drivers first attended a presentation on distracted driving.

Don’t be shy when it comes to getting the word out about the dangers of distracted driving — and make it a special point to talk to the young driver in your family.

Our distracted driving accident lawyers in Philadelphia can help. Contact Flager & Associates at 215-953-5200 today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

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Texting and driving put people at risk in PA and NJ

Nov 2011

Texting while driving is legal in Pennsylvania. But that may soon change. State lawmakers have been debating for years over whether to place restrictions on texting and driving. Both sides appear close to resolving the issue and enacting laws prohibiting texting while driving in Pennsylvania. If Pennsylvania does so, it will join 34 other states and the District of Columbia, all of which currently ban texting while driving. New Jersey is one of the 34 states.

Distracted driving kills and injuries thousands of people each year nationwide. If you or a family member has sustained a serious injury due to someone else’s reckless behavior, take action. Contact a Pennsylvania texting accident attorney who fights for justice. Contact Flager & Associates. Serving clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our highly skilled Pennsylvania texting accident lawyers work tirelessly for clients every day. We understand how complicated accidents can be for people. Allow us to help you cut through the red tape and get the compensation you rightfully deserve. Contact a Pennsylvania distracted driving attorney who puts people first. Contact Flager & Associates.

A recent scientific study revealed some startling information about the effects of texting on a driver’s reaction time. According to the study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, drivers react twice as slow while texting. “It is frightening,” the researchers wrote, “to think of how much more poorly our participants may have performed if the driving conditions were more consistent with routine driving.”

Distracted driving accidents happen fast. Knowing what to do afterwards can be confusing. We can help. The dedicated attorneys at Flager & Associates believe every client deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. We’re here to make sure accident victims get the attention they deserve. Contact Flager & Associates for first-class legal advice. Allow us to help you get your life back on track.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates