Altoona Lawyer those Injured by Distracted Driving
Holding Drivers Accountable for Cell Phone Usage and Driving
Distracted driving, including talking on your cell phone while driving, is extremely dangerous. Even if you feel that you can perform the dual tasks of driving and using your cell phone, national statistics have reported that talking on your phone while driving has the same distractibility level as driving drunk. Although talking on your cell phone while driving is not illegal in Pennsylvania, you still run the risk of an accident that can harm yourself, your passengers, and people in other cars. If you would like more information on distracted driving, especially instances involving using a cell phone, please speak to an experienced Pennsylvania automobile accident attorney today by contacting us at 814-946-4100.
Statistics Involving Cell Phone Usage and Driving
According to the federal government (www.distraction.gov/stats-and-facts) an overwhelmingly large percent of car accidents involve cell phone usage in one way or another. Here are some of the most startling statistics from the website:
- In 2009, 20% of crashes resulting in injury cited reports of distracted driving. Out of those reports, many involved cell phone use as the primary distraction.
- 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roads as a direct result of distracted driving in 2009.
- Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes resulting in injury to them or others.
Both hand-held and hands-free cell phones delay a driver's reaction as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of 0.08%.
Talk With an Attorney About Your Distracted Driving Accident
If you were in an accident with a driver who was using their cell phone behind the wheel , it could be time to take legal action. To schedule a free initial consultation with Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr, contact our Central Pennsylvania law firm by calling 814-946-4100.
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