In March of 2012, Pennsylvania passed a law that specifically prohibits texting while driving, and now the texting driver may be held liable for accidents that he/she caused while engaged in that prohibited activity. Although the law has been difficult to enforce in general driving situations, it is entirely different if the texting driver causes an accident. If someone causes an accident and there is suspicion that the driver may have been engaged in texting or composing a message on a social media website (also covered under the texting-and-driving ban in Pennsylvania), then police are often permitted to get a warrant in order to search the driver’s phone records to determine if the driver was in fact texting.
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone who may have been texting and driving, then you deserve to be compensated because the activity that the driver was engaging in is strictly prohibited in Pennsylvania, and 38 other states. Although most of us drive on a daily basis, driving is still a dangerous activity, and when one driver is greatly distracted, the situation can turn grave very quickly. Chester County attorney John P. Winicov is empathetic to his clients and wants to see them receive financial compensation for the physical damage, lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other expenses incurred as a result of a texting and driving accident. Let Mr. Winicov help you to understand this newer law and its effect on your right to damages by answering questions such as: What is the first step I should take in beginning this civil action? What if I saw the driver using his/her phone right before the accident, but I cannot prove that he/she was definitely texting? What if I was partly to blame for the accident too, but the other driver was engaging in texting? What if it was a repeat texting offense for the driver, will that strengthen my case at all? Are punitive damages available in this type of case too?
If you need an attorney for your auto accident case caused by a driver who was engaged in texting, Chester County attorney John P. Winicov can help you. We will provide aggressive representation and we will handle your case with the care it deserves.