DISTRACTED DRIVING

Altoona Distracted Driving Lawyer

Hazards on the Road

At the Law Offices of Attorney Douglas Stoehr, we feel strongly that performing other activities while driving creates distracted, unfocused drivers that are a potential danger to all other vehicles that share the road with them. Most commonly, distracted driving is a direct result of texting or talking on the phone while driving. Texting while driving, in particular, is a significant cause of motor vehicle accidents. Further, although cell phone usage is presently not in violation of the Motor Vehicle Code, a defendant driver may still be negligent and therefore be responsible for your civil damages.

Although cell phone usage while driving is more understandable in certain circumstances, we encourage drivers to be completely focused on the road and only use their cell phone when absolutely necessary. If possible, stopping by the side of the road or in a parking lot while using your phone is a much safer and more responsible option than dialing and talking to another person while driving. If you feel that you have been injured due to a distracted driver that was on their cell phone or texting while driving, please contact our office for a consultation.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving can be thought of as any activity on the road that reduces your concentration or attention while on the road. Some common activities that may considered distracted driving include:

  • Talking on your cell phone
  • Texting on your cell phone
  • Reading a book, magazine, or newspaper
  • Having a very involved conversation with someone else in the car
  • Eating or drinking

These, among many other activities, occur all too often while people are driving and many lead to car wrecks, severe injury, or death.

Electronics and Driving

The use of electronics while driving is one of the major causes of motor vehicle accidents, especially with young and inexperienced drivers. Distracted drivers may also swerve off the road, hitting stop signs, telephone poles, and most seriously, other people walking or biking.

Especially, cell phone use while driving is irresponsible, reckless, and a threat to the safety of the driver, their passengers, and other vehicles on the road. Most drivers recognize these facts, however, many still choose to ignore safety laws and continue to text and talk on their cell phone while on the road. Drivers of cars are not the only people who are guilty of not obeying the safety laws; semi-truck drivers have also been caught using their cell phones while driving. As startling as this phenomenon seems, it is not uncommon on the highways. You must be alert and be a defensive driver in order to protect yourself and those around you.

If you would like more information about this page or Attorney Stoehr's areas of practice, contact our Altoona, Pennsylvania, law firm by calling 814-946-4100. Home and hospital visits can be arranged. Evening and weekend hours are available for your convenience.