What Are The Different Types Of Distractions That Can Lead To An Intersection Crash?

Drivers have plenty of hazards to be cautious of in order to avoid devastating accidents, specifically other negligent drivers. Drivers should not be creating more of a roadway safety issue for themselves when drivers already face risks on the roadways. However, there are particular distractions that could, and should, be avoided in order to prevent intersection crashes.

Common Injuries

Vehicle accidents have had a significant effect on the citizens of the Commonwealth, according to the data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. With the most current reporting year of data, we can see that following occurred:

  • 48,736 intersection crashes
  • 1,190 overall crash fatalities

The families of those involved in a fatal intersection crash have a right to compensation for what happened. However, those who are injured and survive a Philadelphia intersection crash incident are commonly left dealing with numerous injuries, which could include:

Most of these injuries can leave victims needing extensive medical care and cause them to incur expensive medical bills. However, a Philadelphia intersection crash can also lead to other expenses for victims, including rehabilitation costs, lost wages, vehicle repair and modifications, and more. It is also not uncommon for intersection crash victims to sustain intense physical or emotional pain and suffering from being unable to participate in the same activities or work after their accident.

What causes intersections crashes?

With reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, we can see that there are commonly three types of distractions:

  • Manual interruptions: Actions that cause the driver to not have their hands on the steering wheel
  • Cognitive interruptions: When the driver’s mind is distracted from their driving
  • Visual Interruptions: Distractions that cause the driver to take their eyes away from the road

Each of these types of distractions can lead to significant crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at 55 miles per hour, a driver who takes their eyes off the roadway to send or read a text for five seconds will have driven the entire length of a football field.

Who is at fault for the crash?

Under Pennsylvania law, the party with a fault in an intersection collision accident is going to be responsible for covering damages to others involved. In a distracted driving crash, the driver who was distracted will most likely be cited and found to be at-fault.

Working to determine fault in these incidents will require gathering evidence such as:

  • Photo and video surveillance from the scene of the crash
  • Statements from eyewitnesses
  • Phone or internet data records
  • Police reports
  • And more

Let us handle your case

If you or a loved one have been injured from the negligent actions of another driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, our experienced and understanding team will completely investigate the accident that caused your injury and work on your behalf in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to. This may include the following:

  • Compensation for medical costs
  • Lost income or wages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the grossly negligent driver

If you need a Philadelphia personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 215-987-3730.