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Daniel J. O'Brien
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According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% of car crashes involve distracted drivers.

Some of the most common causes of driver distraction include:

  • Talking, texting and dialing - studies have indicated that drivers are less attentive when engaged in cell phone conversations, even if they are using a hands-free device. It's best to let calls go to voicemail while you're driving.
  • Eating - those who eat while driving tend to shift their attention to their food. They're opening packets of condiments, unwrapping food from their packaging and sometimes searching for a napkin. Instead of whipping through the drive-through, go inside and have a seat or wait until you reach your destination to start your meal.
  • Traveling with children and pets - parents and caregivers should give children books, games or toys to keep them from causing distractions while in the car. As for pets, especially cats, secure them in a carrier to keep them from leaping into your lap when you're behind the wheel.
  • Turning dials - scanning your iPod for music or putting addresses into your GPS system while driving will take your eyes off the road and could lead to a serious or fatal car crash. You should adjust all of your controls while your vehicle is in park.  

If you have been involved in a car accident in Pennsylvania that was caused by a distracted driver, you should meet with a Philadelphia car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. An attorney may be able to help you seek compensation for your car accident injuries. 

Help After a Car Accident in Pennsylvania

If you have been severely injured in a car accident in Pennsylvania, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia car accident attorney at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case - 1-877-944-8396.

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