Many of us have read in the news about a distracted driving accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. But how many of you personally know someone who has been in a serious car crash caused by someone texting while driving?
Meet Amanda Kloehr. A 24-year-old Enola, Pennsylvania, resident, she almost died when she slammed her car into the back of a tractor-trailer in June 2008. During a recent talk at Central Penn College in Summerdale, where Kloehr is a student, she told fellow classmates there about her distracted driving car accident.
“I do not remember the impact at all,” Kloehr told ABC 27 News. “I was distracted. I had my GPS and my cell phone.”
Kloehr’s face hit a forklift on the back of the trailer. “I had completely crushed the right side of my face,” she said. “The eye socket was crushed. The cheek, the jaw was fractured in four places.”
When Kloehr’s mother found out about the accident, she raced to the
hospital. When she first saw her daughter, Tina Wright didn’t recognize her.
“My knees buckled,” Wright said. “I wanted to feel her heartbeat to make sure she was still alive.”
What’s worse, the accident happened on Wright’s birthday. “I can’t imagine anything harder then putting my birthday on her tombstone, ” Wright recalled. “Thank God she is alive.”
Driver distraction was a factor in 11 percent of the 30,797 fatal accidents nationwide in 2009, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Don’t become another statistic. Stay focused and stay safe.
At the Flager & Associates law firm, our Pennsylvania car accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to working with people injured in an auto accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Distract driving accidents can be very frustrating. If the driver had been paying attention, none of this would have happened.
After an accident, you have many legal options available to you. Allow us to help you decide the best strategy for you, including whether to file a Pennsylvania auto accident lawsuit.
Amanda Kloehr got her life back on track after her distracted driving accident. Contact a Pennsylvania auto accident attorney who will work tirelessly to do the same for you. Contact Flager & Associates, Suite 280, 1210 Northbrook Drive, Trevose, PA 19053.