Philadelphia Texting and Driving Laws and Statistics
There is no way around it—driving while texting can cause injuries that were preventable. In 2010, Pennsylvania had over 14,000 accidents where distracted driving played a role. Of that number, approximately 1,100 were the result of driving while texting. On average, roughly 10% of all distracted driving accidents in the state were the result of driving while texting. In a nationwide study, 15-30% off all accidents were caused by a distracted driver. Fortunately, Pennsylvania, as well as other states, are making the penalties and fines tougher for distracted drivers.
Pennsylvania Texting and Driving Laws
Driving while texting injuries, while preventable, can be severe. In order to protect the people of Pennsylvania, Governor Corbett signed S.B. 314 in 2010 that made it illegal for anyone to drive while texting. The law states:
- That a driver is not allowed to read, write or send a text-based message through a wireless phone, PDA, smart phone or laptop.
- That the law applies to text messages, e-mails, instant messages or any other type of written communication.
- If convicted, you face a fine of $50.
- That state law takes precedence over any local law.
Pennsylvania’s texting and driving law allows any police officer to pull you over for simply seeing you sending, receiving or writing a text-based message. In other words, they do not have to have another reason for stopping you.
Philadelphia Texting and Driving Laws
Philadelphia’s texting and driving laws were in place before the statewide ban on cell-phone use. The city was on the forefront of banning this practice in the United States. Since the adaptation of the statewide ban, Philadelphia law defers to state law. Either way, the state has made driving while texting difficult to get away with.
The Dangers of Texting while Driving
Everyone knows that you are not supposed to text while driving because it is dangerous. The most common types of driving while texting accident injuries are:
- Brain damage and trauma, including concussions
- Neck and back pain
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Severe bruising and muscle soreness
Driving while texting can be deadly. In 2010, 68 people were killed in accidents involving a driver who was texting.
Contact DiSandro & Malloy, PC
If you or someone you love has been injured in a texting while driving accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at DiSandro & Malloy, PC in Philadelphia, PA. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve after a texting while driving injury.