Last Wednesday, a Massachusetts teen was convicted of homicide as a result of a texting while driving accident. The 18 year-old, who was 17 at the time of the accident, was found guilty on the following charges:
The crash fatally injured the driver and seriously injured the passenger in the other car.
About 38 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, ban texting while driving. Pennsylvania passed the no texting while driving law back in March of this year.
Though there is not enough data to determine whether the PA law decreased texting while driving accidents, I continue to see drivers text while they drive.
From my experience in talking to teens about the dangers of texting while driving through the Teen Driving Summit, the teen drivers often tell me they know that it is dangerous, but they still do it. With the new no texting law in effect, when they see a police car, they put the phone down or hide it under the dashboard.
From my experience as a personal injury lawyer, the texting drivers who cause accidents and injure my clients never mean to hurt anyone or think that an accident can happen to them. Unfortunately, there are consequences to texting while driving, and it affects everyone involved, including the injured parties, their families and the drivers at fault.
Pennsylvania needs to follow New Jersey's lead and ban the use of cell phones altogether while driving. This way, the phone cannot be a distraction in any way.
If you were injured in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey distracted driving accident and have questions about your legal rights, feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your PA or NJ car accident.
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