Pennsylvania Distracted Driving Incidents Take a Steep Jump Since 2013

The 2017 Traffic Safety Index surveyed drivers which resulted in 88% of their respondents saying they fear distracted drivers more than drivers who were aggressive or drunk. The same survey found that at least 45% of drivers admitted to texting while driving, and 35% admitted to writing or sending an email while on the road.

In Pennsylvania, despite drivers being prohibited from texting while driving, which includes sending, reading or writing a text-based message or emails, and from wearing or using headphones or earphones while the car is in motion, distracted driving citations increased by 52% in 2017. This is a 172% increase over the last five years, according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (see their infographic here).

Penn Dot data reveals that 61 traffic fatalities in 2016 were the result of distracted driving. Among the top 10 counties in Pennsylvania with the highest number of distracted driving citations between 2013 and 2017 are Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware and Berks counties.

Driving While Texting

With the boom of new technologies in and outside of cars it’s rare that people focus on one thing at a time anymore. Many drivers, shockingly adult drivers especially, feel they can multi-task while driving, but the increase in distracted driving accidents proves otherwise (up 60% in the last 3 years for adult drivers alone.)

Common Distracted Driving Accident Causes

The following distractions are most common and cause the most accidents:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Texting
  • Eating/Drinking
  • Passengers
  • Animals in the car
  • Operating electronics
  • Infotainment Systems

Our Pennsylvania Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a distracted driving accident our Pennsylvania distracted driving accident lawyers can help. Distracted driving is a negligent action, and distracted drivers that bring harm to another person can be held responsible. A distracted driving accident victim can receive compensation for the injuries or harm imposed on them.

Please, call our Pennsylvania accident attorneys toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton and will travel to you.