Despite the efforts of safety experts, lawmakers, as well as smartphone companies to get the word out about the dangers of distracted driving, people continue to get behind the wheel of their car and put themselves into unsafe situations.
In many cases, car crashes caused by distracted drivers can result in major damage to the vehicles, devastating injuries and even death.
You may be driving home from work, carefully observing the speed limit and paying attention to your surroundings. You also strive to keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. However, out of the blue, another driver hears his phone ringing and decides to pick it up and see who is calling.
During the split second in which the driver diverts his gaze from other vehicles and the road ahead, the driver may suddenly veer into your lane, causing an accident and tying up traffic for hours while police and rescue vehicles arrive.
Even though they should know better, some drivers will use their smartphone to check for the latest incoming messages while trying to navigate a busy road. It is impossible to drive safely when you have to keep taking your eyes off of the road and your vehicle's instrument panel to read short bursts of text on your phone.
Imagine crossing the street while wheeling your baby in a carriage. A driver who is more concerned about catching up on gossip from his or her friends is too busy looking at the smartphone, fails to check the intersection and makes a right turn while you are still in the crosswalk. Pedestrians face such dangers every day, and some don't live through the experience.
What's worse are situations in which drivers, oblivious to the potential harm they can cause, will actually start tapping on their phone to generate a new text message. It is difficult to imagine what idea could be so important that it requires shifting eyes from the road to a small glowing screen.
Problems with Distracted Driving
* Person may drive too fast, making it more difficult to react to dangerous situations
* Driver may race through a stop sign or a red light
* Driver may unexpectedly swerve or start weaving between lanes
* Distracted driver can miss a turn or freeway exit and then try to make an unsafe course correction
Repercussions of an Accident Caused by Distracted Driving
If the car crash only resulted in damage to your vehicle, consider yourself lucky. Distracted driving can result in horrific injuries that result in loss of limbs, severe blood loss, back injuries, paralysis and other serious conditions.
You might be unable to work for a great deal of time as you recuperate from your injuries, endure countless surgical procedures and then go through a lengthy period of exercise and rehabilitation to regain some measure of your former physical abilities.
Some people wind up never fully recovering from their injuries, and are so disabled that they can't participate in many activities that they once took for granted. They might not be able to ever return to work when an accident was extremely serious.
Being deprived of the ability to earn a living and support your spouse and children can be devastating to any family. This is reason enough to discuss your situation with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer who has the experience, knowledge and training to quickly analyze the legal consequences resulting from an accident for which distracted driving is blamed.
If you have been involved in an accident that was caused by a negligent, distracted driver, you owe it to yourself to get the facts about the compensation to which you may be entitled. It's prudent to contact a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia to request a free, no-obligation consultation.
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