According to the NHTSA, distraction is anything that diverts a driver’s attention from driving the vehicle and responding to events.
Taking your eyes off the road (visual distraction), taking your mind off the road (cognitive distraction), or taking your hands off the wheel (manual distraction) – all of those fall under the umbrella of distracted driving.
Drivers who are distracted have slower response and reaction times and a more difficult time staying in their lane.
10% of fatal crashes have distracted driving as a cause.
What is Distracted Driving:
Using your cell phone while driving can be very dangerous. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to use your cell phone while driving to send or receive texts, emails, or messages of any kind.
If you are caught using your mobile device for any of the above purposes, the PA Department of Transportation will issue you a $50 fine.
It is not illegal to make phone calls while driving. However, if you must make or receive a call while driving, you should:
- Pull off the road whenever possible.
- Use a hands-free device.
- Never participate in emotionally heated conversations.
What a Distracted Driver Means For You:
A distracted driver is a negligent driver. When using a cell phone, the driver violates his/her duty of care to other drivers. This breach of duty is considered negligence and when it results in an accident, the driver becomes liable for the damages caused. The driver become liable for the damages he or she causes.
In PA There is a steady growth of distracted driving citations every year.
Trooper Adam Reed, spokesman with the Pennsylvania State Police, said the behavior can be deadly. A driver going 55 mph who looks down at his or her phone for six seconds has traveled more than the length of a football field, blindfolded.
When to Hire a Law Firm:
If you have been in an accident that was not your fault – a distracted at fault party can be an aggravating factor that leads to a higher recovery. This can bring some comfort to families dealing with unexpected medical issues, loss of wages and earning potential, and in the most tragic of cases – a loss of a loved one.
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