Cell Phone Use and Car Accidents
When it comes to talking on a cell phone or sending text messages while driving, studies and statistics point to a simple fact: Cell phone use is a frequent—and often deadly—factor in car accidents.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Atlee Hall, LLP, understand the dangers of distracted driving, and we proudly fight for those who have been injured or lost a family member in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence. Although Pennsylvania currently bans texting for all drivers, there are no statewide restrictions on talking on a cell phone, which is a contributing detail in many car accidents.
A number of studies have indicated that using a cell phone while driving impairs a driver’s response time in a manner similar to that of alcohol intoxication. A 2010 study by the National Safety Council found that approximately 28 percent of traffic accidents occurred when at least one of the involved drivers was talking on a cell phone or sending a text message.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were approximately 3,000 fatalities in traffic accidents in 2011 in which distracted driving was a factor. Research cited by the NHTSA suggest that those who use hand-held devices while driving are four times more likely to be involved in collisions that result in injuries, and that text messaging while driving increases your risk for being in a traffic accident by 23 times.
If you were injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact Atlee Hall, LLP, for your free case consultation. We welcome clients from the Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, areas.