No matter how safe and responsible a driver you may be, there is no guarantee that you won't be involved in a crash. The majority of traffic collisions are caused by human error. For many drivers, risky behavior is commonplace.
Drivers have a duty to maintain focus on the road and respect the rights and safety of other road users. Any act of recklessness or carelessness can result in someone's injury or death within seconds. If you were hurt in a crash, an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney can help you build a strong legal claim.
Four most common risky driving behaviors
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving is usually recognized as texting or any other cellphone use. It can include any other action that causes physical, visual or cognitive distraction. Texting and driving is illegal in Pennsylvania, but other forms of distracted driving are not. Examples include eating and drinking, multitasking, tuning a radio or using a built-in infotainment system. Distracted driving is a leading cause of all crashes and results in more than 2,800 traffic fatalities each year across the United States.
- Reckless driving. Reckless driving can include speeding, aggressive driving or road rage. People often engage in reckless driving when they are in a hurry to get somewhere, stressed out or just for the thrill of it. Speeding alone results in more than 9,000 traffic fatalities each year. Aggressive driving and road rage may include weaving through traffic, cutting off other drivers, tailgating or purposely attempting to hit another driver.
- Impaired driving. Those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs often experience delayed reaction time, poor judgment and reduced physical, visual and cognitive functioning. Nearly 30 people are killed in drunk driving crashes each day, according to the NHTSA.
- Drowsy driving. Those who don't get adequate sleep, suffer from untreated sleep disorders, work overnight shifts or drive for a living are the most at risk of falling asleep while driving. Even when drowsy drivers don't fall asleep, they can experience delayed reaction time, irritability, memory loss and difficulty focusing. Nearly 800 people die each year due to drowsy driving.
What are my rights if I was injured by a reckless driver?
Nobody should have to have his or her life turned upside down due to someone else's negligent or reckless behavior. If you were injured in a crash, an attorney at the Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis can help you take on the insurance companies and recover every penny you're entitled to.
We offer free legal consultations to clients throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. To get started, fill out our online contact form or call our Hazleton law office at (570)-455-6335.