Posted On: February 3, 2011 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

PA Receives Failing Grade in Highway Safety

A recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Pennsylvania received a failing grade from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in regards to highway safety. According to the annual report, PA has a significant lack of safety laws regarding seat belt use, cell phone use, and teen drivers. Among other recommendations, the report urged that Pennsylvania prohibit the use of cell phones and text messaging by beginning drivers. It also recommended limiting the number of passengers for teen drivers.

Because of their inexperience behind the wheel, drivers between the ages of 16 and 21 can be prone to speeding or reckless driving, often due to peer pressure. In Pennsylvania in 2009, 27 percent of the driver deaths in the 16-20 age group were drunk drivers, an increase of 22 percent from 2008.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that talking on a cell phone increases risk of being in a car crash by about 30 percent, and that drivers text messaging are 8 times more likely to be involved in an accident. In Pennsylvania in 2009, 57 people were killed in crashes caused by a distracted driver.

If you or someone you love has been in a serious car accident in Pennsylvania and you believe it was caused by a driver who distracted, such as using their cell phone to text or call someone, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Distracted driving is illegal and any activity that substantially decreases your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is against the law. The Pennsylvania car accident attorneys at Cherry Fieger & Marciano, LLP will investigate your accident and can help you prove that the driver was distracted so you can receive the full and just compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.