In the age of social media and texting, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, in all honesty, it would be unreasonable to deny that many of us are guilty of getting distracted by their cell phone while operating a vehicle at least once in our lives.
Reading and sending text messages on one’s cell phone and talking on the phone while driving are not the only forms of distracted driving through. Our Pittsburgh cell phone use car accident attorney from Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman explains that changing the radio station, navigating the GPS system, interacting with passengers, eating or drinking behind the wheel, holding something in one’s hand(s), putting on makeup and combing one’s hair are also common forms of distracted driving that cause auto accidents in Pennsylvania.
Yes, the list of types of distracted driving is much longer, but we are just trying to give you a general understanding. We are going to focus on one form of distracted driving in particular. As you may have guessed by now, this form is using a cell phone while driving.
While most other states have passed laws banning the handheld use of cellphones while driving in recent years, Pennsylvania is lagging behind in that regard. Luckily, texting while driving was made illegal by Pennsylvania lawmakers.
Talking on the phone, however, is still not prohibited by law even though numerous studies have shown a direct link between hanging onto one’s cell phone to talk on the phone while driving and the increased risk of causing a car crash.
Even though the handheld use of cellphones has not been banned in Pennsylvania, statistics show that distracted driving citations in the state surged dramatically during the five-year period ending in December 2017. More disturbingly, cell phone use while driving is responsible for a whopping 1.6. million car accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council.
Still, if you can demonstrate evidence that the other motorist was distracted by his or her cell phone at the time of the collision, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Distracted driving is one of the forms of negligent driving behaviors, because being distracted by one’s cell phones poses an unreasonable risk of bodily injury and death to the distracted driver and other motorists.
Needless to say, proving that the at-fault party was distracted by his or her phone at the time of the car accident may be tricky. For this reason, the importance of being represented by an experienced cell phone use car accident attorney in Pittsburgh or elsewhere in Pennsylvania cannot be overstated since a lawyer can help request and obtain access to the driver’s cell phone data from the time of the crash and about five minutes before the accident to determine whether the driver used his or her phone.
If the other driver does not admit to using his or her cell phone at the time of the crash but offers a settlement offer, do not be quick to accept his or her offer just yet. Yes, it may be tempting to get the hush money to be able to pay for your medical expenses and other damages and losses caused by the distracted driving accident, but the amount of money that is being offered either by the driver or his/her insurance company does not represent the real value of your claim.
Let our lawyers at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman assess the value of your personal injury claim in a free case evaluation and help you request access to the driver’s cell phone data. Call our law offices at 888-98-TWINS(89467).