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Distracted driving and holiday travel can be a deadly combination

Distracted driving can have deadly consequences. When a person is not looking at the road but is instead is looking at his or her phone, it significantly increases the chance that he or she will cause a car accident. An inattentive driver is negligent and reckless, and he or she is needlessly endangering everyone else on the road.

Distracted drivers are a big safely concern, especially during the holiday season. During the last months of the year, there are more people on the road than at other times. With an increased number of motorists sharing the same roads and interstates at the same time, even one instance of distracted driving can have serious or fatal consequences. Despite safety warnings and a general awareness of the dangers of distraction, people still make the choices to engage in this dangerous behavior all the time.

The risks of distraction

Pennsylvania drivers probably notice others driving while distracted on a regular basis. It is common to look over and see a person texting, reading an email, checking social media, eating or putting on make-up while the vehicle is in motion. Texting is the most common form of distracted driving, and according to the state of Pennsylvania, it is also against the law. People who cause accidents because they were distracted can face serious penalties. 

Just recently, a pedestrian fatality made headlines because the responsible driver is now behind bars. The prosecution maintained that she was looking at her phone at the time of the accident, yet she claims she was trying to defrost her car window. The prosecution used evidence from her phone during the trial. The defendant's vehicle hit another vehicle, which then struck a pedestrian on a break from her work.

A widespread problem

Statistics suggest that as many as 14% of all distraction-related crashes are the result of phone use. While there are many things that can distract and take a driver's attention, each person is responsible for making the choice to put his or her phone down while operating a vehicle.

If you are the victim of an accidents caused by a distracted driver, you have options. You may want to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can evaluate your claim and help you decide on the best recourse. It may be possible to obtain compensation through Pennsylvania's civil justice system and achieve the justice you deserve.


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