More and more it is becoming a problem where a Pennsylvania car accident are caused by activities that take drivers’ attention off the road, including talking or texting on cellphones, eating, conversing with passengers and other distractions, are a major safety threat. Starting with 2010 data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revised the way it gauged distracted driving, introducing a narrower measure called “distraction-affected crashes,” which focuses on distractions that are most likely to affect crash involvement such as dialing a cellphone or texting and being distracted by another person or outside event.
According to NHTSA, the number of people injured in “distracted-affected crashes” fell to 387,000 in 2011 from 416,000 in 2010. There were 3,020 “distracted-affected” fatal crashes in 2011, resulting in 3,331 deaths. In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in 2,843 “distraction-affected” fatal crashes.
This month, AT&T launched a public awareness campaign, “It Can Wait,” which provides resources on the dangers of distracted driving, including “From One Second to the Next”, a film by director Werner Herzog profiling the victims of distracted driving. To go to the AT&T link click below:
If you, or a loved one, are injured in a Pennsylvania car accident because of another driver or company who may have been driving distracted, contact an experienced Central Pennsylvania car accident lawyer at Schmidt Kramer. We can answer any questions or concerns you have about a Central Pennsylvania injury accident in Harrisburg, Hanover, Lancaster, Camp Hill, Hershey, Lebanon, Lancaster and all of Pennsylvania.
The toll-free number is (717) 888-8888 or 717-888-8888 and the case evaluation is free.
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