Personal Injury Lawyer
Serving Hazleton, PA

Injured by a distracted driver? Our law firm can help

Distracted driving has become an epidemic on the roads in Hazleton and throughout Pennsylvania. Thanks in part to cell phones and other electronic devices, motorists are more distracted than ever before. And when those motorists cause car accidents, people can be seriously hurt.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted or texting driver, you need an experienced car accident attorney to help you strike back. You need to talk to Edward McNelis and start building the case for the compensation you deserve.

Texting and driving accidents can have devastating consequences

Pennsylvania is one of several states that have taken the right steps to crack down on texting and driving. It’s not only against the law, but it’s a primary offense – meaning that police officers can pull motorists over specifically on suspicion of reading, composing or sending a text while driving. But many drivers think they can get away with texting behind the wheel anyway, and they often cause accidents, particularly rear-end collisions.

Texting while driving is especially reckless and dangerous because it distracts drivers on three different levels: manual, visual and cognitive. Texting drivers have to physically take their hands off the wheel. They take their eyes off the road. And they divert their mental focus from the important task of safely operating their vehicles. Doing so is irresponsible, and we fight to make our roads safer by holding these drivers accountable.

Other forms of distraction can be just as dangerous

But texting is far from the only danger on our roads. Motorists also cause serious accidents while they are distracted by passengers, grooming, eating, adjusting the radio or rubbernecking at construction or crash scenes. Any form of distraction is evidence of negligence on the driver’s part. Motorists have a legal duty of care to keep their eyes on the road and their attention on the task of driving.

If you’ve been hurt by a distracted driver, you may have a case for compensation, but you’ll need to prove it. That can be especially tricky in texting cases because it’s difficult to get the cell phone carrier to produce records. But the team at McNelis Law understands how to find that critical evidence, such as by interviewing witnesses and reviewing police reports. We’ll fight to hold the distracted driver responsible and get you the financial compensation you deserve.

What happened wasn’t your fault, but you can take charge of what happens next with a proven fighter in your corner. Contact us online or call (570) 455-6335.