Given the affordability and extreme functionality that they offer in this day and age, gadgets of all kind are commonplace. An unintentional consequence is the constant need that people may feel to be connected and use the various features of their cell phones, including GPS. However, such distraction, particularly when driving, can result in some serious accidents.
Any Philadelphia car accident attorney will agree that distracted driving is not limited to texting or talking on the phone while driving. Distracted driving is a broad category that involves any activity that may take a driver’s attention away from concentrating on the primary task of driving the vehicle. Our Pennsylvania residents will find it interesting to learn that recently, a 28-year-old PA man caused a serious car accident that resulted in severe injuries because he was distracted by the GPS function on his phone.
According to authorities, the vehicle driven by the 28-year-old man collided with another vehicle that was being driven by an 85-year-old woman in the opposite lane. The man allegedly crossed the center line and drifted into the opposite lane. As a result of the collision, the 85-year-old woman’s car struck a utility pole. Both drivers were taken to nearby hospitals with very serious leg injuries. Furthermore, law enforcement officers indicated that that the 28-year-old driver was not only uninsured at the time of the accident, but was also using the GPS function on his cell phone to look up directions while he was driving. He was issued summonses for not having insurance and for failing to keep to the right.
Even though there is a lot of information out there and constant public service announcements are made to inform drivers about distracted driving and its dangers, car accidents due to distracted drivers happen routinely. Anyone who has been involved in a car accident where the other driver was distracted may want to contact a personal injury law firm for more information and to discuss one’s specific case.
Source: Gothamist, “Diver Allegedly Caused NJ Car Crash While Distracted By Phone GPS,” Rebecca Fishbein, Mar. 22, 2014