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New bill might keep teens from texting and driving

Pennsylvania is one of many states that prohibits drivers from using cellular devices to text while driving, but some opponents of the law claim that, although its intended purpose is valuable, it does very little to actually compel drivers to stop texting while driving. Currently, texting and driving is an offense that carries a $50 fine and miscellaneous court costs, which is fairly minor in the range of legal expenses and punishments.

Law enforcement officers throughout the state worry that the current laws restricting texting and driving are not doing enough to deter drivers from using cellular devices to text while driving. In response to the frightening trend of serious and fatal accidents, the legislature is considering a bill that would fully restrict inexperienced drivers who are 16 or 17 years-old from using cellular devices behind the wheel at all.

The dangers of distracted driving are obvious, but many drivers still choose to text and drive, placing themselves and others at enormous risk. In 2016 alone, about 5,000 people were killed nationwide in accidents involving distracted driving.

Unfortunately, even if you choose to drive wisely and do not put others at risk, you cannot do anything about other drivers who choose to act unwisely behind the wheel. Should you suffer in a car accident because of a distracted driver, an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and consider your paths forward.

In some instances, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against the other driver or their insurance to cover your medical expenses and any other losses you experience because of the accident. Don't hesitate to protect your rights and recovery with the guidance of an experienced attorney.

Source: Times Leader, "Road hazard: Statistics on distracted driving ‘sobering, real’," Bill O'Boyle, accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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