Emergency responders in Pennsylvania and throughout the country put their safety at risk each time that they step out of their vehicles. This is because there is a chance that they could be struck by a distracted driver. According to a recent survey, 19 percent of respondents said that they have put such personnel at risk because of their own distracted driving habits. Furthermore, 80 percent of respondents said that they actually slow down when they see a person tending to an emergency situation.
That can be dangerous because slowing or stopping at an emergency scene can cause traffic to get backed up. It can also increase the risk of secondary accidents or other safety hazards at the scene of an emergency. Of those who took part in the study, 24 percent said that they were not aware of laws requiring them to move over when they see an emergency vehicle.
However, of those who did know about move over laws, 73 percent said that they did give emergency personnel more space to operate. Another of the study's key findings is that 62 percent of respondents said that they were above average drivers when around emergency vehicles. This was in spite of the fact that they admitted to engaging in risky behaviors when in the proximity of such a vehicle.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen without warning, and they may result in injuries to drivers and passengers. Those who are injured in motor vehicle accidents may be entitled to compensation. This is true if the driver who caused it was distracted for any reason. Compensation may help to pay for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. It might also help to pay for any damage done to a vehicle or other personal property.