In Pennsylvania, like in other states, distracted driving continues to be a threat to the safety of every person on the road. Distraction is a widespread issue that can lead to an increased chance of a car accident, and despite awareness campaigns and laws, people still engage in this dangerous behavior.
Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of distracted driving citations in Pennsylvania. There is a startling number of drivers who are not paying attention to driving safely, and sadly, innocent motorists may pay the price for this irresponsible and dangerous behavior.
Laws may not be effective against distraction
State laws prohibit drivers from texting while driving. Despite this ban, the number of citations continues to climb. Consider these startling facts and statistics about this dangerous problem threatening Pennsylvania drivers:
- In 2016, there were 61 accident fatalities in the state caused by distraction.
- State authorities have launched several awareness campaigns and are working with various authorities to decrease this problem.
- Distracted driving in the area involves much more than just phone use. It includes eating while driving, looking at navigation systems and more.
- Some counties in the state give out hundreds of distraction-related citations each year.
Distraction is an issue that does not appear to be dissipating. Despite awareness campaigns, laws and other measures, it seems drivers may be more distracted than ever before. This is because more people are on their phones, but also because there are other things to distract drivers as well. This includes navigation systems, in-car infotainment systems and even touch-screen radios.
When a driver focuses on technology or anything besides driving safely, it greatly increases the chance of a car accident. There are certain apps that drivers can use to diminish the temptation to drive while distracted.
Are you a victim?
Statistics indicate that Pennsylvania has a clear problem with distracted driving. If you suffered harm in an accident caused by a driver who was not paying attention, you generally have the right to seek compensation from the liable parties.
A personal injury claim is a way that you might be able to fight back against distracted driving and recover your accident-related losses, including medical bills, property damage and more. You may even have a claim to recompense for your emotional pain and suffering. If you think you have a case, it is beneficial to take quick action to protect yourself.