Distracted driving can hurt everyone which is why victims of distracted drivers should be familiar with the personal injury legal protections to help them when they have been harmed by a careless or negligent distracted driver. Personal injury legal protections can help injured victims recover the compensation they need to help with their physical, financial and emotional injuries and damages.
Distracted driving includes anything that removes the driver’s eyes from the roadway, hands from the steering wheel or attention and focus from driving. In Pennsylvania, texting while driving is prohibited. Texting while driving can be particularly dangerous because it combines all three types of driver distraction including visual, manual and cognitive. Because distracted driving can result in serious car accidents, it should always be avoided.
Distracted driving can include a variety of behaviors drivers engage in while driving such as cell phone use and texting while driving; emailing while driving; eating and drinking while driving; grooming while driving; adjusting a radio or navigation device while driving; reading while driving; looking for an object in the vehicle while driving or talking with passengers. Distracted drivers in Pennsylvania can face fines for driving while distracted and also civil liability if they cause a distracted driving-related car accident that results in injuries.
Victims injured in a distracted driving-related car accident may wish to bring a claim for damages against the negligent, distracted, driver. Distracted drivers may be required to compensation victims for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages which is why injured victims need to be familiar with the legal options and remedies available to them.