The death toll from auto accidents caused by drivers chatting away on their cell phones is rising significantly as these devices have become more of a necessity rather than a luxury for most Americans. The cell phone industry has more than 128 million customers in the United States. That number continues to grow rapidly.
A 2002 study released by Harvard University's Center for Risk Analysis estimated a rate of 2,600 deaths a year that can be attributed to cell phones in the United States. The amount of time people spend using their cell phones while driving has increased remarkably. The same Harvard study also estimates that 570,000 injuries and 1.5 million property damage auto accidents can be blamed on cell phones.
So far, only six states and the District of Columbia, have banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. In these jurisdictions, drivers are permitted to speak into hands-free units. This year at least 22 states including Pennsylvania, considered legislation to restrict cell phone use while driving, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
If you have been seriously injured in an auto accident because of someone using a cell phone, it is important to contact a Philadelphia car accident lawyer who has experience with cell phone car accident laws. The laws differ in different states relating to cell phone usage while driving. An accident attorney with expertise in cell phone car accident claims will be familiar with the most current laws be able to recover damages in your case.
A driver that causes an accident while being distracted by a cell phone can be charged with negligence. In such cases you are entitled to compensation for the damages caused. You may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a driver who was using cell phone at the time of the accident if you suffer injuries as a result of such an accident. Aside from the driver who caused the accident while talking on the cell phone, his or her employer may also be found negligent if their employee was making a business-related call at the time of the accident. If their workers are driving and talking on the cell phone while "on the job," employers can absolutely be responsible for injuries and damages caused in such an auto accident.
The same also applies to texting. If you are texting a friend while driving and cause a crash, then you will be found negligent. But if your boss wanted you send in the numbers from the sales meeting you had this afternoon and you're following his instructions, then your employer could very well be held financially responsible for the accident and injuries caused while you were texting and driving.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed by a negligent driver who was talking on the cell phone or texting at the time of the accident, please contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney at Anapol Schwartz for a free consultation. We will investigate your claim and make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, loss and damages.
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