Our world today revolves around communication. Our cell phones provide unique ways for us to engage with the people we love daily. Cell phones allow us to grow our businesses at exponential rates, but phones come with specific challenges. For example, when driving we know we shouldn’t use our phones, yet people do it every day. We know people are using their phones while driving because state law enforcement are handing out tickets of the offense and the number of tickets is increasing every year.
Our Pittsburgh Car Accident Lawyers at SMA Law Group are grateful for authorities stepping up to the challenge to reduce collisions caused by distracted driving. Our attorneys hear tragic stories every day from clients who are struggling to get by with mounting medical bills. Not to mention, the lack of income due to personal injuries preventing victims from working. Choosing to drive is a privilege, not a right. Choosing to text and drive is another choice that can have dire consequences.
Distracted Driving Statistics
Distracted driving causes an array of accidents, but most commonly it causes people to swerve into oncoming traffic. Think about it. Anytime your eyes are off the road it is like you are driving blindfolded. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if you are driving 55 mph and you look at your phone to read a text equates to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. In the United States, 3,166 people died due to people using their phones. Allegheny county increased 8% over the past five years in distracted driving citations. Thankfully more people are getting caught, but they aren’t changing their behavior.
As you can imagine, the worst age group for using technology while driving is people in their 20’s. According to authorities, 37 % of citations were given to drivers in their 20’s. The second largest group for citations were adults over 30. It is illegal to text and drive in Pennsylvania yet people still choose to break the law instead of looking out for each other’s safety.
Types of Injury
The most dangerous situation is distracted driving on two-lane roads with no median in between. Swerving lanes is a by-product of not paying attention to the road. Swerving into oncoming traffic causes head-on collisions which result in severe injury. Typical injuries include
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Internal bleeding
The listed injuries can result in long term recovery which means no more working and no more income.
What To Do
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury caused by a car accident, then you need to seek legal assistance. Our Pittsburgh Car Accident Attorneys will ensure that you get compensation for
- All medical expenses
- Loss of income due to injury
- Diminish of work capability
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life