Distracted Driving Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data compiled in 2013 revealed that each day in the United States more than eight people are killed and 1,161 injured in car accidents that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
Examples of activities that drivers engage in that are considered distracted driving include:
- Using a navigation system
- Using a cell phone or smart phone
- Talking to passengers
- Watching a video
- Adjusting the radio or other controls
There are many other examples of activities that drivers engage in regularly that cause car accidents.
However, the biggest culprit when it comes to causing car accidents appears to be texting and driving.
While, some states and cities have outlawed texting and driving, this has not deterred many people from continuing to text while driving, whether they live in an area where it is permissible or not.
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at any given moment across the United States approximately 660,000 people are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. This number will only increase as the overall ownership of smart phones increases across our country, which it has.
Between 2010 and 2016 smartphone usage increased 236% nationally. One can only expect that the number of injuries and fatalities caused by texting while driving will continue to increase as smartphones become even more prevalent in the United States.
It is illegal in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey to send or receive emails or texts while driving. Thus, if you are injured as a result of a car accident involving someone who was texting and driving in Pennsylvania or New Jersey you will have a very strong case against the driver who caused your injuries. In fact, in both states you may even have a claim against the individual who sent the text to the driver who caused the car accident if that individual knew or had reason to know that the person was driving.
If you or a friend or loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident involving a distracted driver, contact one of the personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, or call (215) 875-7030 today for a free consultation.