No matter where we may be driving, we share the roads with countless distracted drivers each and every day. From a tired mother who is trying to get her children to calm down in the back seat to a teenage driver who is sending a quick text to his parents saying he’ll be home a little later, roads across the country are filled with distracted drivers.
Although distracted driving occurs in Pennsylvania every day, the aftermath of an accident caused by a distracted driver can be devastating. If you were injured in a car accident in Philadelphia which was caused by another person’s distracted driving, the team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are committed to helping you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.
Texting and Driving in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania law currently prohibits a person from using a cell phone to send, read, or type any form of text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. Failing to abide by this law can result in a fine of $50, but does not carry any points as a penalty.
In contrast to neighboring states like New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Maryland, the state of Pennsylvania does not currently have a hands-free law with regard to the use of cell phones while driving. A new bill proposed by a Pennsylvania lawmaker, however, would make it illegal to even hold a phone while driving. The proposed bill would prohibit a driver from holding a phone, even if the driver is holding the phone to utilize GPS. The bill has passed the Pennsylvania House and is now in the hands of the state Senate.
Additional Forms of Distracted Driving
While texting and driving is one of the predominant forms of distracted driving in Pennsylvania, a person never has to pick up a cell phone to engage in distracted driving. Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from operating his or her vehicle is a distraction. Forms of distracted driving other than texting and driving include:
- Eating, drinking, or smoking while driving;
- Adjusting the radio or music player while the vehicle is in motion;
- Interacting with other passengers while driving–especially with teenage drivers who do not have a great deal of experience with driving or dealing with distractions while driving;
- Searching for an object in the car while driving;
- Personal grooming such as brushing hair or applying makeup;
- Reading or writing while driving; and
- “Rubbernecking” while passing the scene of an accident.
Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? We’re Here to Help
If you were involved in a distracted driving accident in Philadelphia or a surrounding Pennsylvania suburb, the team of personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are standing by to provide the representation you need to receive the compensation you deserve. Our team of attorneys is committed to educating victims of car accidents about their legal rights and helping our clients recover damages for an accident that never should have occurred. To speak with a member of our legal team about your accident, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (800) 529-6162 today.