The last thing you should have to worry about when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle is that you will be injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a distracted driver. Here, the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. wants to discuss Pennsylvania’s distracted driving laws. Our Philadelphia distracted driving attorneys have vast experience helping clients who have been injured secure the compensation they are entitled to.
Pennsylvania bans people from texting while driving. The law in the Commonwealth makes it a primary offense for drivers to use an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to “send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion.”
Pennsylvania defines an IWCD as a:
The law goes on to define text-based communication as text messaging, instant messaging, emailing, or other communication that involves composing or receiving on the device. Fines for violating this law are $50, plus court costs and other fees. There is currently no point penalty for driver’s licenses for a violation of this law.
This ban does not include GPS systems or devices that are physically or electronically integrated into the vehicle system.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three basic types of distracted driving: visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), and cognitive (taking your mind off driving).
This type of behavior happens in various different ways. This can include:
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, distracted driving was is the primary cause of more than 14,000 car accidents across the Commonwealth during the latest reporting year. The CDC says that more than 1,000 people are injured, and around nine people were killed every day in this country due to distracted driving.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to an accident caused by a distracted driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to investigate your case and work to secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include: