26 Sep Distracted Driving and the Accidents It Causes
Believe it or not, distracted drying is one of the leading causes of accidents in New York. As more and more consumers rely on their handheld devices for many tasks, the amount of drivers who become distracted has increased dramatically. In a staggering statistic that proves just how dangerous this problem has become, there were over 3,100 deaths from distracted driving in 2020 alone. If this gross negligence has led to an accident where you were injured, the other driver is liable for damages, and you deserve justice.
What is Considered Distracted Driving?
On average, looking away from the road when you’re on the highway to answer a call or text results in you not paying attention to the road for a distance of fifty yards. This should go without saying, but driving requires complete concentration on the road without distracting yourself.
According to the letter of the law, distracted driving can consist of texting, calling, eating, drinking, adjusting the stereo system, and even digging around for something that requires you to cease paying attention to traffic. If someone has been found to be distracted while operating a motor vehicle, they are liable for any damages and will bear the full brunt of responsibility for the accident. These occur every day. And while some people are fortunate enough to get away with a fender bender or a few scrapes, there have also been several fatalities, as we previously mentioned.
What Can a Lawyer do for My Case?
If you hire an attorney, they have a lot of power to help your case. One of the most common actions that will be taken is the subpoena of the driver’s cell phone records. This will create a cohesive timeline and determine if they were distracted at the moment of impact or before. If there is CCTV footage, this can also be obtained to see if there is any visual evidence to support your claim. Once the proof is obtained, insurance companies will become involved, and whether or not a case should go to court or not will be determined.
Who Should I Contact?
If you live in the Long Island area and have been wrongfully injured, reach out to the law offices of Gruenberg Kelly Della. We’ve helped an incredible amount of clients obtain the compensation they deserve for being injured. There are a lot of financial issues that can arise from an accident, such as medical bills and property damage. Our team can ensure that all of these are taken care of and that the guilty party is held accountable for their actions. For a consultation and to see if we can help you, give us a call today at 631-737-4110.