Texting while driving is still legal in Pennsylvania; but not for long. State lawmakers have recently placed restrictions on texting and driving. On November 9, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law which prohibits texting while driving in Pennsylvania. The new law, which will go into effect March 8, 2012, bans the use of any kind of hand-held texting device by a person at the wheel of a moving vehicle. Pennsylvania is the 35th state to enact a “texting-while-driving ban“ such as this. Texting while driving will be a primary offense, which means that the police will have the authority to pull over and cite a texting motorist on sight, for that reason alone. “There is no text message that is worth the value of a human life,” Governor Corbett said.
Texting while driving is undoubtedly dangerous, but just how dangerous? Arecent scientific study revealed some startling information about the effects of texting on a driver’s reaction time. According to the study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, drivers react twice as slow while texting.Further, the Texas Transportation Institute says, “Federal statistics suggest that distracted driving contributes to as much as 20 percent of all fatal crashes, and that cell phones constitute the primary source of driver distraction.” Texting can be a deadly distraction while driving, because it involves visual, manual, and cognitive distraction simultaneously.
Texting auto accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, but the effects can last a lifetime. If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving accident you may no longer be able to work, and your entire life can change. There are bills, medical appointments, insurance companies and perhaps auto repairs or even child care issues to deal with. If you’ve been the victim of a distracted driving accident, it is wise to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you in the right direction. Contact Metzger Wickersham for a free consultation with one of our Harrisburg auto accident attorneys.