How many times have you been behind the wheel and seen other drivers around you completely oblivious to their surroundings? Maybe they are busy reaching for something in the back seat. Or perhaps they are busy staring at the screens of their phones, waiting for a response to the funny text message they just sent.
Distracted driving is deadly driving and if you get hit by a distracted driver, we want to help. At the SMT Legal, we know that a vehicle accident can change your life. Our team will work to secure compensation for all of your accident-related expenses. When you need a distracted driving accident attorney, you can call us for help today.
What Can Happen?
For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, there were 128,188 crashes reported. Out of these:
- There were 1,137 people killed
- There were 80,612 injuries
- 1,265 crashes occurred in Beaver County
Out of those injuries, thousands of them were suspected as major injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Massive internal organ damage
- Amputations or crush injuries
All of these will result in the need for immediate and long-term medical care. Long-term rehabilitation is often necessary for recovery.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?
The Epidemic Of Distracted Drivers
We tend to focus on drunk drivers as causing the most harm. It is true, they do cause an unproportionate amount of roadway deaths, but it is distracted driving that is on the rise. In fact, according to the state DOT, distracted drivers were responsible for 15,614 crashes during the latest reporting year.
As technology becomes a larger part of our lives each day, we are finding that more and more people are focused on watching their phone screens. Maybe they are waiting for that text message to come through. Perhaps they are watching a video of their favorite singer.
We should also not forget that other people inside of a vehicle can be just as distracting. Teenage drivers are especially susceptible to distracted driving, especially when their friends are along for a ride.
Regardless of how a driver is distracted behind the wheel, if they cause another person harm, they need to be held accountable.
How You Can Move Forward
You do not have to spend one more minute wondering how you will be able to afford everything. If you have been in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver, the SMT Legal is ready to step in. Our team will work to secure the compensation you need. This includes coverage for:
- All of your accident-related medical expenses
- Money for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possibly punitive damages