How Does a Trial Lawyer Prove that Texting and Talking On a Cell Phone while Driving Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries or Death?
As an experienced Philadelphia car crash lawyer, over the past few years I have been concerned and have written about the issue of distracted drivers as it seems obvious to most that the person chatting on a cell phone or texting while driving often causes catastrophic consequences in a vehicle accident.
Unfortunately, many jurors still feel that they are able to chat on a cell phone or text while driving as evidenced by the number of individuals who continue to do so despite the passing of laws making such behavior unlawful.
In car accident cases in Pennsylvania that result in catastrophic injury or death, we always address the issue of the defendant’s cell phone and text usage in the minutes leading up to the crash and consider retaining experts in the field of human factors, ergonomics, and safety to simplify and explain to jurors why such behavior is unsafe and how it contributed to resulting injuries or death. A good human factors expert should be able to explain in understandable terms how humans interact in their environments and how an increased risk arises due to certain behaviors. Many times this is helpful in explaining a particular risk to others who are unable to perceive the same.
What seems obvious to one individual may not be obvious to another, and as always in the trial of any case, each individual brings to the courtroom their own perceptions of reality and understanding.
The knowledgeable PA auto accident attorneys of Reiff and Bily believe that a skilled motor vehicle accident lawyer should consult and retain expert witnesses for accidents involving human errors in vision, perception, attention, and lighting interfaces, and general driving conditions. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation toll free at 1-800-421-9595 or online at www.reiffandbily.com.