Most Allentown residents, like Americans nationwide, spend a lot of time in motor vehicles. Whether driving to work, to church or the store, automobiles play a large part in our lives. Car accidents result in thousands of deaths and multiples more injuries every year in Pennsylvania. Those who have been hurt in a car crash can end up with huge medical bills, months of lost wages and other economic fallout. Because of this, the legal system maintains a way for these victims to pursue compensation.
Despite countless attempts to curb distracted driving, it seems that the epidemic is getting worse, according to recent statistics provided by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and PA Courts InfoShare. Between 2014 and 2016, citations for distracted driving rose by over 1,000 from 2,195 in 2014 to 3,336 in 2016. This is a rise of over 52 percent across the state.
The automobile has been a very valuable invention and people have grown to rely on them in their daily lives. People rely on them to get to work, bring the children to school or other activities, go shopping and run other errands, see friends and family and for many other reasons. While they can be very valuable and convenient, if operated incorrectly, they can also be dangerous. That is why it is important for people to keep their eyes on the road and pay attention to their surroundings.
A former Pennsylvania police officer was recently sentenced in connection with a fatal car accident he caused during a high-speed chase. After pleading guilty to third-degree felony homicide by vehicle, the 27-year-old man was sentenced to three to 23 months in prison. However, reports said he could serve as little as six weeks behind bars, and carry out the rest of his sentence under home arrest.
Negligence and distractions cause car accidents; in the U.S. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 19,000 people were killed in car accidents in the first half of 2015 alone. What causes these accidents, though, and is there anything you can do if you get hit by a dangerous driver?