Distracted Driver Accident Lawyers

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Distracted Driver Accident Lawyers

Kraemer, Manes & Associates LLC “KM&A” is a personal injury law firm with distracted driver accident lawyers serving all of Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident involving serious personal injury, or you have lost a loved one from an accident, we invite you to contact us for a consultation. Call a KM&A car accident lawyer at 412-626-5626 or email us at lawyer@lawkm.com.

With the busy lifestyles people lead today, it is not surprising that there has been an increase in the number of accidents involving one or more distracted drivers. However, many people do not even realize they were distracted at the time an accident occurred, and it is unusual for someone to admit that their distraction may have caused the crash. To make sure you aren’t cheated out of the compensation you deserve, it is important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Kraemer, Manes & Associates, our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation to find out if your accident was the result of a distracted driver and make sure you receive all the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

What is Distracted Driving?

A distracted driver may have more difficulty than usual focusing on the road, staying inside lane lines, following traffic signals, and reacting to their surrounding environment. As such, these drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident causing injury or property damage.

Distracted driving can take a number of forms. For example, a distracted driver may cause an accident because they were:

  • Fatigued
  • Texting or talking on their cell phone while driving
  • Eating while driving
  • Adjusting the radio or a GPS device
  • Interacting with passengers in the car, including misbehaving children or pets
  • Looking at objects outside the car or watching roadside events

While many of these activities are not illegal in and of themselves, a showing that an at-fault driver was distracted at the time of the collision can be used to hold that driver accountable for any resulting injuries.

Facts About Distracted Driving

Young and/or new drivers are particularly susceptible to accidents resulting from distractions, as the distraction simply adds to their inexperience. Studies show that teen drivers are 4 times more likely to be involved in a crash while using a cell phone than their adult counterparts.

In 2013, there were over 14,600 motor vehicle accidents involving a distracted driver, many of which resulted in injury or death. Some estimates indicate that drivers are up to 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash if they text while driving.

Noting the severity of the issue, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has implemented a “Just Drive” campaign, which is targeted at reminding drivers that their primary responsibility while behind the wheel is to pay attention to the road.

Laws in Pennsylvania Related to Distracted Driving

Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer: 412-626-5626

Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer: 412-626-5626

While the law cannot ban all sorts of distractions a driver might encounter on the road, Pennsylvania has banned all forms of text-based communication while behind the wheel. This includes texting, instant messaging, and email. Since the law was enacted in 2012, over 1,300 tickets have been issued.

A first violation of this offense carries a $50 fine, plus court costs and other fees. Additionally, if you are a commercial driver, a violation of this law will result in a non-sanction violation on your driving record.

Compensation

If you were injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to more compensation than you would be if you were involved in an accident where no one was at fault. You may be able to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and in some circumstances, punitive damages.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

As with all car accidents, a collision with a distracted driver can have serious consequences. In addition to any property damages that may result from the accident, drivers and passengers can suffer severe injuries that require expensive and time-consuming medical treatment, including:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • PTSD
  • Mental distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional trauma

If you have experienced these or any other injuries resulting from a collision with a distracted driver, you deserve an experienced attorney on your side who can figure out just how much compensation you require to get you back on your feet and advocate for you to make sure you receive the money you deserve.

Knowledgeable Investigators

An experienced personal injury attorney can obtain the evidence you need to prove that the driver who hit you was distracted behind the wheel, such as phone records, eyewitness accounts of the accident, doctor testimony, and official police reports. An experienced attorney will know the right questions to ask and will have the skills necessary to investigate all the circumstances surrounding your accident, making sure you receive all the compensation to which you are entitled.

If you have been injured as a result of a distracted driver, it is important for you to understand your options. At Kraemer, Manes & Associates, our personal injury attorney has the experience necessary to review the facts of your case and thoroughly advise you on what to do next. Call us at 412-626-5626 for your initial consultation.

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