One of the most dangerous things people do while driving is using their cell phone. Pennsylvania law prohibits both texting and talking on a cell phone while driving; however, many people continue to disregard the laws. It is important to understand the consequences of talking and/or texting while driving.
Many people associate the behaviors of someone using a cell phone while driving with the erratic behaviors of a driver drinking while operating a motor vehicle. Someone on a cell phone often weaves in and out of traffic, goes left to center and slams on their brakes to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles; all of which are behaviors of intoxicated drivers. There have been several studies done to test drivers' reactions while they are texting or talking on a cell phone and attempting to drive. These studies have shown that it is nearly impossible to fully concentrate on your surroundings while using a cell phone. These distractions often lead to serious automobile accidents, many of which result in the death of an innocent person.
If you have been in a car crash as the result of someone who was texting and driving, the effects can be life long. If you are rear-ended by someone who was texting and driving, it can cause serious injuries, especially in your back, neck and head. Being involved in an automobile crash where another driver hit your vehicle from behind causes a sudden and unexpected jolt, which results in an unnatural jerking motion of your spine and neck. This sudden movement can cause serious injuries, including paralysis and permanent disabilities.
If you are every involved in an automobile crash that involves someone hitting you from behind, it is important to seek medical attention, even if you do not feel any pain. It is common for some injuries, especially those in the back and neck area to not produce immediate pain. It may be a few days before you begin to feel the pain and in some situations, these few days can mean the difference between effective treatment and permanent disability.
Once you have received medical treatment for your injuries, it is important to contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer immediately. One of the biggest misconceptions many people have following an accident is that they are fine and do not need an attorney. However, it is common for injuries to go unnoticed for weeks, even months following a car crash. If you do not take the appropriate action within the statutory period, you will be responsible for the expenses relating to the accident. A car accident lawyer in Philadelphia will be review the circumstances of the accident to determine if the accident was indeed a result of negligence. The attorney will negotiate with the other party's insurance company for you, or litigate the case in court if a settlement isn't generous. Make sure you retain a low contingency fee lawyer, so you don't get hurt twice.