Texting Driver Dangers Around Philadelphia
If you travel busy thoroughfares like Hunting Park Avenue or Broad Street it won’t take you long to spot the drivers who may be reading those lighted screens and paying little attention to the road. You can often steer clear or get around them, but other times those careless drivers can prove to be unavoidable obstacles.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) cites studies that show that texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road longer than any other distraction. By their numbers, 2019 was a dangerous year for Pennsylvania motorists. Statewide, there were 13,729 accidents caused by distracted drivers. Tragically, 56 people lost their lives in those accidents. These reported numbers are likely far off from the true cost of texting and distracted drivers. Officers can’t always tell when cellphone use was responsible for an accident and drivers generally won’t admit to cellphone use.
These accidents will likely only increase while the penalties for breaking Pennsylvania’s texting ban remains so light. The current punishment for drivers is a summary offense with a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees. The violation carries no points as a penalty and isn’t recorded on the driver record for non-commercial drivers.
Seeking Compensation After an Accident with a Texting Driver
The insurance company is not interested in paying you for all of your losses, injuries, and pain. The attorneys representing the insurance company have only one mandate; pay you as little as possible. In a legal setting, putting together detailed information to present your case in the most positive light, helps us to hold them to their legal responsibility to provide adequate compensation for your losses. They know that if they do not offer an adequate settlement, we are not afraid to take your case to trial and present your case to a jury.
After a settlement offer or a trial verdict, you can expect compensation for many of your hardships, and for some things you may not have thought of.
These are just a few of the damages you can recover:
- Hospital bills: The bills you have already collected and any expenses you’re expected to have for surgeries and rehabilitation in the years to come.
- Missed Paychecks: Your injury may have left you unable to attend work for weeks or months. Training for a change in career may even be a factor.
- Permanent disability or disfigurement: Money for training and education to adapt to a new lifestyle and any medical devices needed.
- Psychological anguish: Depression and anxiety can create serious issues for the victim after the trauma of living through a devastating crash. Your enjoyment of life may be greatly diminished for a time.
- Travel costs: All of those trips to see doctors for second opinions and for physical therapy appointments can add up. You might even have to travel to another city for your care.
Contact a Philadelphia Texting While Driving Accident Attorney
In Pennsylvania, accident victims have up to two years to file a claim over their injuries. It’s important to use that time wisely, but also make sure you file your claim as soon as you are ready. In the days after a crash, your attorney can investigate the scene of the accident to gather important evidence that proves your side of the case. Your attorney will also be collecting documents like accident reports and your earnings and paystub information as soon as they become available. A subpoena for the driver’s cell phone records and a chat with witnesses about what they saw will also be key to your case.
If an attorney with the Pearce Law Firm P.C. of Philadelphia represents your case you will also be protected from insurance companies looking to subtract from your fair compensation rather than adding to it. Using our understanding of the insurance industry, The Pearce Law Firm P.C. can keep you from falling prey to their strategies. Your attorney can spot low ball offers and make sure you don’t settle for less than what you’ll need to recover physically and financially.
Contact us as soon after an accident involving a texting driver as possible. A Philadelphia Auto Accident Lawyer will listen to what happened and offer you a free, no-obligation appraisal of your best options. If you select us to represent you we will go to work immediately to build a strong case that the at-fault driver’s insurance company can’t dismiss.