The prevalence of smartphones throughout society has led to many people using their devices while driving. Texting behind the wheel is a particularly dangerous and common form of distracted driving. Crashes caused by this irresponsible behavior can result in fatal injuries or pain and impairments that are permanent.
In Quakertown, accidents involving cell phones or texting while driving can be complicated. You should always seek help from a skilled car crash attorney before attempting to file a claim against the negligent party.
Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and his team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients who were injured in auto accidents. In a past case in the Quakertown vicinity, our team of attorneys won a $900,000 settlement for a client who was injured in an accident caused by a distracted commercial truck driver. Through an investigation, we learned the trucker was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. We obtained cell records to prove this. Speak with our winning lawyers to learn more about how we can help you recover fair financial compensation for your injuries.
State Laws Prohibiting Texting Behind the Wheel
Like most other U.S. states, Pennsylvania explicitly prohibits drivers from texting while in control of a moving motor vehicle. According to 75 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §3316, it is unlawful for anyone operating a vehicle in to use any “interactive wireless communications device” to send, write, or read text-based messages. This law applies to cell phones, tablets, smartwatches, and similar devices.
Violating this statute is considered a summary offense punishable by a fine, fees and court costs. Texting while driving is also a “breach” of the duty for all drivers, that are required to act responsibly and safely behind the wheel.
If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver that was distracted by their cell phone, including a call or texting, you have grounds to seek financial compensation from the reckless driver. Under the state’s no-fault insurance system, those with “limited tort” insurance are more limited in their recovery options, unless they sustained “serious injuries.” Serious injuries are those that are permanent or cause significant pain or lack of function. On the other hand, “full tort” insurance does not limit your options for financial recovery after a crash. Whether you have limited or full tort coverage, our team can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Proving That Cell Phone Use Contributed to a Wreck
Proving that cell phone use caused your car crash in Quakertown can be achieved through investigation, video, eye-witnesses or cell phone records. Relevant evidence can come from surveillance or dashboard camera footage, eyewitness testimony, subpoenaed cell phone records, or photos from the accident scene. Our law firm has over decades of experience in these types of cases. A seasoned lawyer can work with you to gather all the evidence needed to prove your claim.
A Quakertown Attorney Can Help After an Accident Involving Cell Phones/Texting While Driving
Accidents involving drivers who are distracted by their phones can cause severe injuries that have lifelong consequences. In a situation like this, you need help from a lawyer to prove the other driver was to blame for your injuries and pursue payments for your losses.
An experienced attorney can provide much-needed support following a Quakertown accident involving cell phone calls or texting while driving. Call us today to set up a free consultation, where we can discuss your case in detail. You do not pay a cent unless and until we obtain compensation for you.