According to a study conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC), nearly 30 percent of all car crashes in the United States occur while a driver uses a cell phone. From January of 2015 through March 19 of 2015, 309,000 car accidents involving drivers using cell phones had already occurred.
Hands-Free Cell Phone Use While Driving is Just as Dangerous as Using a Hand-Held Device
A 2015 report published in the Journal of Safety Research states that driving performance rarely improved when a hands-free cell phone was used instead of a handheld device.
If you or someone you know has recently been injured in an automobile accident in Philadelphia, chances are your senses are heightened and you want to do everything you can to stay safe. There are apps designed to protect users from distracted driving at many of the online app stores. Consider using these safe driving apps as a way to improve your safety on the roadway.
These apps can:
- Lock your phone, making it impossible for you to receive incoming emails or texts.
- Send automated messages to inform anyone emailing or texting you that you are in the car right now and cannot talk.
- Track a teen driver's behavior by recognizing driving violations and notifying parents.
- If/when a teen is chatting while driving, parents are notified and a Global Positioning System (GPS) locates the teen for the parents.
There are also helpful apps that will show you where the nearest gas station is if you run out of gas or the location of the closest repair shop.
Most Common Injuries Sustained in a Philadelphia Car Accident
Although a car accident in Philadelphia can cause various kinds of injuries, upon close examination of our personal injury lawsuits: Some injuries that are more common than others are.
Injuries to the Face
Facial injuries can be caused by the dashboard, steering wheel, airbag, shattered glass or car seats. Other common injuries include Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) and severe dental injuries.
Common neck injuries include neck strains, whiplash, cervical radiculopathy and injury to the intervertebral disks.
Head and Brain Injuries
Even if you cannot see any physical signs indicating trauma (i.e., bruises, bumps or cuts), the brain remains at risk. During the accident, the brain may become injured when the impact of the crash moves the brain around within the skull.
Even the most serious neck and back injuries may not manifest for some time following an accident. Some of the most common back injuries individuals sustain in an automobile accident in Philadelphia include a strain, sprain, and fracture, injury to the spine in the upper back, disc injury, lumbar (low back) radiculopathy and injury to the lumbar spine.
Psychological injuries frequently occur following accidents that involve severe injuries and/or loss of life.
Tips for Avoiding an Automobile Accident in Philadelphia
GPS devices, cell phone apps and other technological advancements have made car safety more sophisticated. Although cell phone apps are a great way to diffuse the dangers of using your cell phone while driving, focus and discipline remain extremely important tools in your quest for safety on the roadway as well. Eliminating distractions, improving your driving habits and taking advantage of the safe driving apps that are available may help you avoid an automobile accident.
If you have sustained injury in a Philadelphia crash, you should immediately retain a low contingency fee Philadelphia auto accident lawyer. Call us today.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard 40-45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
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