According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the U.S. The CDC has reported that more than 9 people are killed each day and about 1,060 are injured on U.S. roadways due to distracted drivers. If an individual is injured in a car accident due to a distracted driver, a Philadelphia Car Accident Attorney can help them recover damages.
In Pennsylvania recently a motorist caused a three-car accident after being distracted by an officer assisting a disabled motorist. According to a spokesperson for the police department, the car crash took place around 5 pm on May 17 at Old Philadelphia Pike and Route 378. A township police press release said that the motorist who caused the accident was driving too fast to stop for traffic at the time of the crash.
The distracted driver reportedly drove her vehicle into the rear end of the vehicle in front of her, pushing that vehicle into a third vehicle. The first vehicle that was struck in the crash sustained minor damage to its front end when it was forced into a trailer hitch on the back of the vehicle in front of it. The distracted driver was cited by local police for driving at unsafe speeds.
Distracted driving includes any activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road. While not every activity associated with distracted driving is illegal per se, a motorist who causes an accident because they were distracted is considered negligent. To assess the viability of a given car accident case, it is important to discuss the matter with a Camden County Car Accident Attorney or a Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer.
Source: Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch, “Distracted Driver Causes 3-Car Accident, Police Say,” May 25, 2013