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Pittsburgh Distracted Driving Accidents

What Is Distracted Driving?

Driving is a task that requires your complete attention. Unfortunately, many drivers are not able to focus on the road, and they make careless mistakes that lead to devastating crashes. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents, and it leads to thousands of injuries and deaths every year.

If you were injured in a car crash caused by another driver's negligence, you should not have to shoulder the financial burden of your resulting medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. At Friday & Cox, our Pittsburgh car accident lawyers can help you seek compensation for your losses.

Call (412) 900-8250 to speak with a member of our team about your case.

What Causes Distracted Driving Accidents?

Distracted driving accidents can result from a number of different behaviors. Common causes of distracted driving accidents include the following:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Reading, watching videos, and surfing the web
  • Adjusting the radio or GPS
  • Using a navigation app
  • Using a secondary display

In many cases, multiple causes of distracted driving come into play at the same time. For example, a driver could be texting while also eating and drinking and talking to a passenger.

How Common Are Distracted Driving Accidents?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,166 people died in 2017 due to distracted driving. In the same year, approximately 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents that were caused by distracted driving. The NHTSA estimates that at least 25% of all car accidents involve distracted driving.

Distracted driving accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. When a driver's negligence leads to injury or death, the victim or the victim's family may be entitled to compensation.

Who Is Liable for a Distracted Driving Accident?

In most cases, multiple parties share responsibility for a distracted driving accident. For example, a driver who texts behind the wheel may be liable for their own negligence, but the person they were texting may also share some of the blame for not taking steps to prevent the accident. Other parties who may be liable for a distracted driving accident include the driver's employer and the phone company that provided the phone.

To learn more about who may be liable for your case, speak with an attorney at Friday & Cox. Contact us for a consultation.

How Can We Help You?

Our Pittsburgh car accident attorneys can help you recover financial compensation for your losses if you were injured in a distracted driving accident. We know how to investigate these accidents and hold the negligent driver accountable. We can also help you pursue compensation from other parties who may share liability for the crash.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to hold liable:

  • The driver's employer
  • The driver's cell phone provider
  • The person the driver was texting
  • The manufacturer of the phone the driver was using
  • The manufacturer of the car's infotainment system

In many cases, multiple parties share liability for the crash. In these instances, our attorneys can help you recover full compensation for your losses. We know how to investigate these accidents, and we can hold everyone liable for their role in causing the crash.

At Friday & Cox, we fight for the rights of accident victims. Contact us at (412) 900-8250 to learn more about how we can help you with your case.

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