Harrisburg Car Accident Lawyers
Represent Victims of Car Accidents caused by Distracted Driving
Distracted driving occurs when a driver performs an action while operating a motor vehicle that takes the driver’s attention away from the road and/or the driver’s focus away from the task of driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving causes more than nine traffic fatalities every day in the United States. The CDC reports that 1,060 Americans are injured daily in distracted driving auto accidents.
Types of Distractions
Types of driving distractions and how they impact the driver can vary:
- Visual: The driver takes their eyes off the road.
- Manual: The driver takes their hands off the wheel.
- Cognitive: The driver is not concentrating on the road.
Sometimes, just one type of distraction is the cause of an accident. For example, a driver may be distracted when a person in the back seat gets their attention, causing them to take their eyes off the road. Other times, a distraction can effect a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, such as texting, which causes a driver to look away from the road, remove their hands from the wheel and focus their concentration on reading and responding.
In fact, according to the CDC, using a cell phone to text while driving puts countless individuals at risk for auto accidents caused by distracted driving. For this reason, the practice of texting and driving is prohibited in several U.S. states. However, there are numerous other actions that take a driver’s focus off of the road and equate to distracted driving. These include:
- Talking on a cellular phone, which is illegal in many states;
- Adjusting the radio;
- Utilizing a GPS navigation system;
- Turning around to supervise and/or scold children in the backseat;
- Applying make-up and attending to other personal hygiene; and
- Eating while driving.
Moyles Law Firm: Pittsburgh Auto Accident Lawyers Representing Victims of Distracted Driving
A distracted driver can cause serious injury and extreme hardship to other drivers or even wrongful death. The Pittsburgh auto accident lawyers at The Moyles Law Firm have represented numerous victims of car accidents, including those caused by distracted drivers. Mr. Moyles is committed to helping accident victims and their families get the compensation they deserve. Call our Pennsylvania law offices today in Pittsburgh at 412-281-1055 or in Harrisburg at 717-233-5400 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.