Smartphones are everywhere, meaning that more drivers than ever before have a potentially distracting device with them in their cars. Lots of drivers are able to keep their attention on the task of driving when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. But, many are not able to do this, and catastrophic injuries - and worse - are sometimes the result.
This situation may have unfolded in a fatal accident that happened in Pennsylvania late last year. Police said that a driver ran a red light and collided with another automobile. The other automobile in turn struck a pedestrian in a nearby crosswalk. The pedestrian died in the hospital after the car crash, and the driver of the other automobile was injured and taken to the hospital.
According to the local district attorney's office, the driver who ran the red light was texting and driving just before the crash. The driver is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle, among other charges. The district attorney's office said that data from the driver's phone will be offered as evidence at her trial. Reporters got in touch with the driver's attorney. The attorney said that the driver denies that she was texting at the time of the crash.
When innocent victims are injured or killed because of the inattention of a distracted driver, the victim or their loved ones may desire justice for the wrong suffered. In many cases, it will be possible for these victims or their families to bring a personal injury claim against the allegedly negligent party.
Source: WPVI-TV Philadelphia, "DA: Driver was texting before fatal Allentown crash," July 13, 2017