Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Distracted driving represents one of the most significant risks on the roads today, causing 3,142 fatalities in one recent year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With the prevalence of smartphones and increasingly sophisticated vehicle entertainment and navigation systems, various distractions may divert a driver’s attention away from driving.
Unfortunately, distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving; oftentimes more. Even when a driver’s focus is off the road for just a few seconds, life-altering injuries can occur. Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. has represented many car accident victims whose lives have been irreparably changed by the negligent actions of others. We represented a high school athlete who developed quadriplegia after her coach lost control of the van she was in and the van rolled over. We were able to secure $10 million on behalf of our client to help offset lifelong medical expenses.
If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, turn to the personal injury lawyers of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. For life’s toughest trials, our experienced trial attorneys help clients recover maximum compensation after suffering catastrophic, debilitating, and life-threatening injuries in a motor vehicle crash.
Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation to learn more about how we can help.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving occurs when something takes a driver’s attention away from the road. The Centers for Disease Control classifies distracted driving into three categories:
- Visual distraction – A driver takes their eyes off the road to look at something else, such as other occupants in their vehicle, billboards, or signs on the side of the road.
- Manual distraction – A driver takes their hands off the wheel, such as to reach for something in the passenger compartment.
- Cognitive distractions – A driver’s focus wanders off the road, such as thinking about work or personal issues.
Some examples of distracted driving involve all three types of distraction, such as TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. A driver must hold their cell phone, take their eyes off the road to read the screen, and mentally focus on reading, contemplating, or responding to a text or email.
Other examples of distracted driving include:
- Using the car radio or infotainment screen
- Reading maps or navigation devices
- Interacting with passengers, children in the back seat, or pets
- Eating or drinking
- Grooming or applying makeup
Pennsylvania’s Distracted Driving Law
In Pennsylvania, it is considered a primary offense for any driver to use an “interactive wireless communication device,” such as a smartphone, PDA, or tablet computer, to send, read, or write texts or emails while the driver’s vehicle is moving. A police officer can pull a driver over if they see the driver using an electronic device for a prohibited purpose while driving. The officer can issue a citation for a $50 fine, plus court costs and fees.
How Do I Get Compensated by a Distracted Driver?
If you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation from the driver or their insurance company for losses you’ve sustained in the accident, including for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Property damage, such as repair costs for your vehicle
Don’t wait another day to begin the process of pursuing rightful compensation for the injuries you have suffered in a distracted driving accident. Contact Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., for a free, no-obligation consultation. Learn more about your legal rights and options for holding the distracted driver accountable for your injuries.