Philadelphia personal injury lawyers encourage drivers to take extra caution while driving as this month brings distracted driving to the center of attention. According to the National Safety Council, thousands of people die each year because of car accidents that result from distracted driving. The most common type of distracted driving is the use of cell phones while driving, either handheld or hands-free.
Here are a few things the National Safety Council suggested that you can do and inform your loved ones about to help decrease the number of distracted drivers on the road:
- Refrain from using cell phones while driving
- Recognize that hands-free devices offer no additional safety benefit
- Realize the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
- Talk to others about the dangers of cell phone distracted driving
Personal Injury Lawyers Say Distracted Driving Contributes to a Significant Amount of Motor Vehicle Accidents
In addition to talking on a cell phone, distracted driving can also include other activities such as texting, grooming, using a navigation system, eating, drinking or anything else that diverts a driver’s attention from the road. According to reports, more than 421,000 people were injured nationwide in 2012 as a result of motor vehicle accidents where a distracted driver was involved.
In order to help reduce the number of car accidents and injuries, some states have passed laws banning texting and/or cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. In Pennsylvania, drivers have been banned from texting while driving since March 2012. Although there is no statewide ban prohibiting talking while driving, Philadelphia, Erie, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre all have banned the use of handheld cell phones.
New Jersey and Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury cases involving injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have suffered an injury resulting from a motor vehicle accident resulting from distracted driving or another car accident or any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.