There are many ways a driver is distracted. When you hear distracted driving, your mind immediately goes to texting. The true definition of distracted driving in Philadelphia is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road. The description also includes anything that takes a driver’s hands off the steering wheel. An accident can occur when a driver takes their eyes off the road for even one second. Look for distracted drivers on the road and avoid them. If you are involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Kwartler Manus, LLC.
Texting while driving ban
Pennsylvania is taking action against drivers who drive distracted. The law refers to Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD). The law prohibits the use of IWCD while operating a motor vehicle. There are some critical definitions for this law:
- IWCDs are wireless phones, computers, digital assistants, and any device with access to communication or the internet.
- Communication is text messages, instant messages, emails, etc.
The texting while driving ban is a state law, and therefore, it holds more weight than any local ordinances. Convictions for this offense are a $50 fine. There are other fines and fees associated with this offense. Drivers do not get any points on their driving records. Commercial drivers will have a non-sanction added to their driving record, however. Drivers are allowed to use GPS devices.
Examples of distracted driving
Distracted driving is a problem all across the country. This problem has led to an uptick in car crashes. The most common driving distraction is the use of a cell phone. The use of an IWCD is not the only cause of distracted driving. Other examples include:
- Changing the radio
- Personal grooming
- Eating and drinking
- Searching for items in your vehicle
There are three categories of distracted driving that are:
- Visual: When your eyes are off the road
- Cognitive: Your brain is not focused on driving
- Manual: Your hands are on the steering wheel
Any of these actions can lead to a collision. Distracted driving is often compared to driving under the influence. A collision with a distracted driver leads to severe injury and damages for all parties.
Spotting a distracted driver
When you are driving, you follow every rule and regulation of the road. You would assume that this is enough to prevent a crash. While it should be, other drivers on the road are not following the rules of the road. You must stay alert to the drivers around you. Look for these signs that can mean a driver on the street is distracted:
- Swerving for no reason
- Running a red light
- Ignoring a stop sign
- Not staying in one lane
- Unnecessary speed fluctuations
- Following too closely
- Witnessing heir distraction
What you can do if you encounter a distracted driver
The moment you spot a distracted driver, your driving must adapt. Drive with the assumption that the driver cannot see you. Avoid being in their path by either slowing down and letting them pass or pulling ahead. Take the safest action.
No matter what, do not engage the diver. If the diver is excessively reckless or erratic, pull over and call 911. Your safety is your sole priority. Reporting a careless or distracted driver can save the lives of those around you.
What to do if a distracted driver causes an accident?
There are times when a crash is unavoidable. All drivers owe each other a duty of care, and when this is breached, collisions can occur. You must file a personal injury claim to obtain any economical and non-economic compensation for your damages. The best way to prove your case is to collect evidence from the location of the crash. It is difficult to establish a driver was distracted, which makes evidence critical in these cases.
Involved in a distracted driving crash? Call Kwartler Manus, LLC at (267) 457-5570 or fill out our online contact form.