- 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 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.
- 9% of fatal crashes have distracted driving as a cause.
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What is Distracted Driving:
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
Using your cell phone while driving can be very dangerous. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to use your cell phone while driving to send texts, emails, or messages of any kind.
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. A distracted driver poses a safety risk for everyone else and when it results in an wreck, crash, or injury – the driver becomes liable for the damages caused.
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 involved in a serious accident, you are likely overwhelmed and unsure of what to do or where to turn. At Frischman & Rizza, we understand this is a stressful time for you and your family. The medical bills are piling up, you may be unable to work or even perform your normal daily activities. Because we have handled many cases just like yours, we understand the process and know how to help. Let us handle the legal issues while you concentrate on what is important – GETTING BETTER!
Frischman & Rizza will work to make certain that those responsible for harming you are held accountable and that you receive fair and just compensation.
Our law firm understands that recovering from an accident that was not your fault is a long process. Physical injuries must heal, emotional scars must heal, even mental anguish must heal before you or a loved one can experience a full life again. We see beyond the settlement to what it means – a way for your to regain your independence.