Distracted Driver Accidents

Distracted Driving Accidents in Philadelphia

Was Your Accident Caused By A Distracted Driver?

One of the greatest threats to your safety on the road is distracted drivers. Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver takes their eyes of the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving safely. When a driver does not have his or her full attention on the road, an accident is far more likely to happen.

Driving requires one's complete and undivided attention. Taking one's eyes off the road for even a moment may mean that an obstacle, traffic signal or change in traffic will go unnoticed. If you were injured by a distracted driver, you can hold them liable for their negligent actions through a personal injury claim.

There are three main types of driver distraction:

Visual Distractions

A driver is visually distracted when their eyes are no longer looking at the road. These distractions can be for minutes at a time or only a few seconds, and occur when the driver is:

  • Reading or writing a text message
  • Turning to look at passengers
  • Looking at their phone
  • Reading a map or GPS device
  • Looking at something on the side of the road
  • Grooming in some way, such as applying makeup or shaving

Manual Distractions

A manual distraction involves a driver taking both of their hands or even just one hand off the wheel for any length of time. Some of the most common manual distractions include:

  • Answering a cell phone
  • Writing a text message
  • Eating or drinking
  • Using a GPS device or map
  • Adjusting the car stereo or music on another device
  • Grooming in some way, such as shaving or applying makeup
  • Reaching for something on the passenger's side or in the back seat
  • Searching or reaching for something in the glove compartment or console

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive distraction occurs when a driver's mind is not solely focused on the task of driving for one reason or another. Even if a driver is looking at the road and has both hands on the wheel, their ability to operate their vehicle safely can still be impaired by such cognitive distractions as:

  • Having a conversation over a hands-free phone
  • Composing a text
  • Having a conversation with passengers
  • Exhaustion
  • Driving while under extreme duress
  • Driving while emotional

A driver who is doing any of these things and causes a car accident may be held accountable for driving while distracted, depending on the case. It is a disheartening truth that the simple carelessness of a single driver can cause so much pain and suffering. If you would like the opportunity to hold a distracted driver accountable for his or her conduct, make sure you involve an attorney as soon as possible. The earlier your lawyer is able to become involved, the better of a chance to seek the justice you deserve.

Were you injured by a distracted motorist?

When a motorist allows their attention to be taken off of the road and the task of driving for even a moment, tragedy can result. In some ways distracted drivers can be compared to those driving while intoxicated, because they are distracted, they may not be looking at the road, and their reaction time is impaired.

These accidents are 100% preventable, yet the statistics of the dangers of distraction are shocking:

  • In 2010, 3092 people died in crashes that involved a distracted driver, and it is estimated that another 416,000 others were injured because of distracted drivers.
  • 40% of teenagers in the United States reported to have been in a car when the driver was using their cellphone in a way that put their passengers at risk.
  • A driver using a hand-held device is 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash.
  • Texting while driving increases the risk of a crash 23 times
  • Receiving or sending a text message takes the driver's eyes away from the road for 4.6 seconds, on average. If the driver is traveling at 55 mph, they can cross the entire length of a football field in this small amount of time, and will do so virtually blind.

If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, a knowledgeable Philadelphia injury attorney may be able to assist you in taking legal action and seeking financial damages that will help you with medical care, lost earnings and other damages or injuries associated with the accident. At the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr we help clients throughout the Philadelphia area who have been involved in traffic collisions caused by drivers who were texting, talking on the phone or were otherwise driving while distracted. We can work to protect your legal rights and interests.

Contact a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at our firm today to determine your legal options to pursue compensation. Call the Law Offices of Thomas J. Murphy, Jr at (215) 569-1500 to discuss how you can get a fair settlement for your injuries and losses.