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Daniel’s Law Signed Into Effect

Texting while driving causes unnecessary distractions in already dense and treacherous traffic.  This senseless behavior constitutes one of the main causes of preventable accidents and motor vehicle deaths in the United States.  Studies of motor accident statistics conducted by government agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an agency within the United States Department of Transportation, demonstrate the unfortunate toll that distracted driving takes on society:

  1. In 2012, 421,000 people were injured, and 3,328 were killed in accidents caused by the negligence of a distracted driver.
  2. In 2015, 66 individuals were killed in Pennsylvania by the 14,800 crashes caused by distracted driving that occurs within the Commonwealth alone.

In response to these troubling statistics and the national dialogue created by AT&T’s viral “It Can Wait” campaign, Pennsylvania State Representative Jaret Gibbons sponsored H.B. 853, a bill designed to enhance the sentences imposed against distracted drivers convicted of offenses involving accidents caused by their texting while driving.  Representative Gibbons nicknamed his bill “Daniel’s Law” in memory of Daniel Gallatin, a 40 year veteran of a volunteer fire department who was killed when a vehicle struck Gallatin’s motorcycle because the motorist was busy texting while driving. Although the driver pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving and texting while driving, she was only sentenced to pay a fine of $250 and serve 23 months in jail.  After serving only two months in state prison, she was released on parole.  Under the legislation recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, drivers convicted of texting while driving can be sentenced to up to five years of imprisonment for causing an accident that results in death and up to two years of imprisonment for causing an accident that results in serious bodily injury to another.

While sentence enhancements may help to deter future offenses and punish offenders in a manner commensurate with the gravity of their offense, the devastating effects associated with the debilitating injury or premature death of a loved one are never fully rectified by a criminal conviction.  Our distinguished legal team at Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys never finds it acceptable for family members to bear the financial burdens caused by the unnecessary risks taken by motorists who text while driving. Our personal injury lawyers in Southeastern Pennsylvania provide victims of automobile accidents caused by texting and driving with experienced legal services. Our personal injury litigation practice regularly represents clients who have suffered physical injury and financial hardship due to auto accidents.

If you or any of your family members are injured due to a distracted driver, our auto accident attorneys, who faithfully serve the Philadelphia region, will provide you with passionate and skilled legal representation to help you obtain the personal injury recovery that you deserve.

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