Among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester are all in the top 10 for car accidents. And the season for fender-benders has just begun. Bad weather, increased volume, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays make for challenging conditions and dangerous drivers. In fact, more accidents occur around July 4th than any other holiday. The Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia car accident lawyers, only deducts a small 29% fee, not the standard 45% like other firms.
A local appraiser at Classic Coachwork said that the day after the July 4th weekend, their lot is packed with wrecked cars, and they have a long list of cars waiting to be towed. It's one of our busiest days of the year for body shops in Pennsylvania.
The main cause of these wrecks is distracted driving. According to PennDOT, distracted driving now causes more accidents than alcohol and is second only to speeding. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites three types of driver distractions: visual (eyes away from the road), manual (hands away from the steering wheel), and cognitive (mind away from driving). Talking on a cell phone involves two of those things—dialing a cell phone or texting includes all three.
Texting while driving is the easiest to avoid and the most difficult to defend. It's also illegal. But many drivers haven't stopped texting while driving. Instead, they hide it. People hold their phones down below the dashboard, out of view. That takes their eyes even farther from the road and creates even more dangerous situations. The problem is that people overestimate their driving skills and underestimate the effect texting can have on them. Intersections are a common location for such accidents. Many accidents happen when people were at a stoplight and looked in their rearview mirror to see a car coming at them, and the drivers had their heads down.
Lower Merion is known for many accidents It is the area bordered by Montgomery and Lancaster avenues, North and East Wynnewood roads, and Church Road. It includes Lower Merion High School, plus the Wynnewood and Wynnewood West shopping centers. There were a startling 59 crashes—basically one per week—in that small area.
Another challenge for many drivers is the secondary roads that have changes in elevation—hills, crests and valleys—and a lot of turns. All that creates sight-distance issues. A driver who is texting, turning on music, reaching for a coffee cup, increases the likelihood of a crash. In addition, people do not remember how to drive safely in snow—even over the course of a year. They overestimate their abilities and underestimate the effect of the weather. It's the same sort of thing with rain and wet roadways. On a wet roadway, drivers have to increase the distance between their car and the car in front. In good weather, drivers should remember the two-second rule, meaning it should take a driver two seconds to stop before you hit the car in front. In wet weather, that should double to four seconds.