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Erie, PA Distracted Driving Attorneys

Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Work Tirelessly to Obtain Maximum Financial Compensation for Victims of Distracted Driving

We all trust that we are sharing the roads of Erie and Pennsylvania with careful drivers who devote their full attention to the road while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the reality is that many drivers lose focus on the road due to many distractions, including cell phones, car stereos, or passengers and pets inside their vehicle. However, distracted driving can tragically lead to an accident that inflicts serious, life-altering, or even life-threatening injuries upon another person involved in the accident. 

When you or a loved one are injured by a distracted driver, the attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. are ready to fight on your behalf to get you the compensation you need and the justice you deserve. Our distracted driving attorneys will thoroughly pursue your case, aggressively negotiating with the insurance companies to ensure that they fully pay you for all your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one have been hurt by a distracted driver, contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Erie distracted driving attorneys to learn more about your rights and options and how our firm can fight to protect your rights and interests.

Common Causes of Distracted Driving in Erie, PA

These days, drivers have numerous distractions available to them while behind the wheel. Although drivers should be keeping their full attention on the road at all times, it is often human nature for our attention to drift to other distractions. Some of the most common causes of distracted driving include:

  • Cell phone use — some studies cite cell phone use as responsible for a quarter of all distracted driving motor vehicle accidents
  • GPS use
  • Use of the car radio or infotainment system
  • Applying makeup and grooming
  • Talking to passengers
  • Interacting with children or pets 
  • Distraction along the side of the road, such as a billboard or another accident
  • Fatigue and drowsiness

The Erie distracted driving attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey have the resources to prove how your distracted driving accident occurred.

How the Attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Can Help You Protect Your Rights in a Distracted Driving Case

When you’ve been injured in an accident by a distracted driver, you may be rightly focusing your time and energy on your physical and emotional recovery and getting your life back to normal. It can be difficult to find additional focus and energy to pursue compensation for your injuries and damages from the distracted driver that caused your accident.

Fortunately, the Erie attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey are here to advocate on your behalf and fight for your rights and interests. We will use all our expertise and resources to get you the maximum financial compensation that you need and deserve. We will thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of your accident, reviewing critical pieces of evidence such as police accident reports, accident scene photos, dashcam and surveillance footage, and eyewitness reports. We also work with accident reconstruction experts to develop a strong, persuasive case. We also help you collect documentation of your injuries and damages so that you are fully compensated for all your losses.

We will aggressively negotiate with the insurance companies and defense attorneys to get you a full and fair settlement. However, we will never settle or pressure you to settle for less than fair settlement, so we also fully prepare your case to go to trial, if necessary.

Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation with Our Distracted Driving Lawyers Today to Discuss the Details of Your Case

Being injured in a distracted driving accident can be a difficult experience for yourself or a loved one, since a distracted driving accident is a tragedy that could be easily prevented. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a distracted driving accident, contact Purchase, George & Murphey today to schedule a no-obligation consultation with our Erie distracted driving attorneys to discuss your case and to learn more about your rights and options for seeking compensation for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered in your distracted driving accident.

About Erie, PA

Erie, Pennsylvania is a city located in Erie County, along the south shore of Lake Erie. The fourth largest city in Pennsylvania, Erie is nicknamed the “Flagship City”, in reference to Erie serving as the homeport for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s flagship, the USS Niagara, during the War of 1812. Erie was named for the Erie Nation of Native Americans who originally inhabited the area around present-day Erie, until their defeat by the Iroquois Confederacy during the Beaver War. In the 19th century, Erie was an important shipbuilding, fishing, and railroad hub, later developing into a significant manufacturing hub in the 20th century. In recent decades, Erie has branched out into other economic industries, including the service industry, tourism, technology, higher education, and healthcare.

Frequently Asked Questions about Distracted Driving Cases in Erie, PA

FAQ: Is it legal to use a cell phone while behind the wheel?

In Pennsylvania, cell phone use behind the wheel is not by default illegal. However, Pennsylvania has made texting and driving a ticketable offense; texting and driving under the law includes emailing or using any messaging apps. Texting and driving is a primary offense in Pennsylvania, meaning that a police officer can pull you over if he or she witnesses you texting and driving. Being ticketed for texting and driving results in a fine; if a driver is ticketed for texting and driving during an accident, that ticket can be persuasive evidence of the driver’s negligence in causing the accident.

FAQ: If a driver was distracted behind the wheel when he or she gets into an accident, doesn’t that mean he or she was automatically responsible for the accident?

Not necessarily. While proving that a driver was distracted at the time of the accident, such as by texting, using the car radio, or eating or drinking, is solid evidence that the driver breached his or her responsibility to drive safely, you will still need to prove that the driver’s actions caused the accident. You may also have to refute evidence presented by the driver that you were partially at fault for the accident, such as if you were a pedestrian that steps out into traffic outside of a crosswalk.

Personal Injury Case Results

$2,250,000

Car Accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.

$325,000

Commercial Truck Accident

A truck driver rear-ended our client who was then trapped inside the wreckage and had to be freed through the use of hydraulic power equipment. Our client suffered a midshaft femur fracture.

$225,000

Car Accident

Our client was hit from behind at a red light. He was diagnosed with strains, sprains and contusions and within a year of the accident it was determined that his injuries were permanent and disabling.

$260,000

Insurance Claim - Car Accident

Prior to our involvement, the insurance company had offered our client nothing from his under-insured motorist benefits. They ended up increasing their evaluation to over 600% above the initial offer.

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

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