Distracted Driving Accidents
The practice of distracted driving in Mercer County, NJ, Bucks County, PA and Philadelphia is rampant. Distracted driving is the cause of many car accidents. Distracted driving has become so prevalent, that it is now more likely that someone driving while texting will cause a car accident as opposed to someone who is driving while drunk.
The National Safety Council estimates that approximately 1.4 million auto accidents each year are caused by distracted drivers. Furthermore, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that using a cell phone (for texting or talking) while driving makes a driver four times more likely to cause an accident that results in injuries.
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It is widely assumed that distracted driving refers only to texting or cell phone use, and that teen drivers are the only ones on the road creating this risk. While drivers under the age of 24 represent the largest group of distracted drivers, specifically those who text and drive, there are also many drivers outside this age group that text while driving. Motorists who engage in any activity that requires taking their eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel is guilty of distracted driving. This includes dialing a cell phone, texting, e-mailing, programming a GPS device, applying make-up, eating, or playing with a radio and/or digital music delivery system (such as an iPod).
Have you ever looked in your rear-view mirror only to see the person behind you texting, knowing that he/she is putting you and others in danger of becoming accident victims? Distracted drivers commonly rear-end other vehicles, cause side impact accidents, or inflict serious injury upon pedestrians and bicyclists because their attention is not focused forward. Side impact accidents often result when a driver runs a red light or stop sign. Rear-end accident injuries can be very serious and deliver a lot of pain. They include but are not limited to,whiplash injuries, shoulder injuries, nerve damage, back injuries, disc injuries, and head and brain injuries. Side impact car accidents, which occur at greater speeds, leave victims with broken bones, head injuries, and spinal injuries which may lead to paralysis.
The personal injury lawyers at Saile & Saile LLP know how devastating a Mercer County or a Bucks County distracted driving accident can truly be. We work with clients every day who have suffered physical as well as financial damages due to someone else’s carelessness or recklessness. It is vitally important to us that our clients are fairly compensated for all their losses – physical, emotional, financial, and professional. It takes experience and know-how to prove a distracted driver injury case.
Regardless of the form distracted driving takes, it creates peril on our roadways and puts you in harm’s way. A few short seconds of someone’s inattentiveness can result in a catastrophic loss. At Saile & Saile LLP we believe that those who are at fault for your NJ or PA accident injuries should be held liable and will fight for your recovery. Call us for a free personal injury information gaining consultation