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Q: How common are distracted driving accidents in Pennsylvania?

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Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, states everywhere are pushing to raise awareness of this serious problem. How prevalent is it in your community?

How Serious Is Distracted Driving in Pennsylvania?

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, distracted driving is a growing problem in our state. Take a look for yourself at the statistics compiled by PennDOT:

  • In 2012, more than 14,600 car accidents in Pennsylvania involved a distracted driver.
  • Of those crashes, 57 people died. Many more were seriously injured.
  • Over the last five years, more than 300 people have died in Pennsylvania car accidents that were caused by distracted driving.
  • Overall, driver distraction contributes to 11 percent of car accidents in our state.

While 11 percent might not seem like a high number, keep in mind that every one of those accidents could have been prevented. Driver distraction is a completely preventable problem, and yet it accounts for dozens of deaths in our state every year.

Common Driving Distractions

Any activity that takes a person’s concentration away from the road can be considered a driver distraction. Some of the most common driving distractions that contribute to Harrisburg car accidents are as follows:

  • Texting
  • Talking on a cell phone (handheld or hands-free)
  • Using a smartphone for any other reason (checking email, news, weather or social media)
  • Watching a video
  • Using a navigation system
  • Adjusting the radio, CD player or MP3 player
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including a map
  • Talking to passengers

How You Can Help

Did you find this article helpful? We encourage you to share this article with your friends and family—it could help save a life. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a Harrisburg car accident due to driver distraction, you may be eligible for compensation. We invite you to contact us directly to schedule your free consultation.

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