Distracted Driver

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Most people know distracted driving is dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it killed 3,477 people in 2015 alone. Distracted drivers are people operating a vehicle and participating in anything that diverts attention away from the activity of driving, including the following:

  • Eating & drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Talking or texting on a phone
  • Fiddling with the entertainment system
  • Fiddling with the navigation system
  • Playing games

New York Laws

The state of New York passed mobile phone and portable electronic device laws designed to save lives. It prohibits all people from using mobile electronic devices. The only exception is when the driver uses a hands-free device or uses a device attached to the vehicle. Likewise, people can call in an emergency using 911 without being penalized under the law.

Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distraction can come in many forms. Personal distractions, those caused by the driver, are the most obvious. However, there are also internal distractions, caused by people, animals, or objects inside the car, and external distractions. External distractions are the hardest to predict and prevent because they include other motorists, inclement weather, terrible road conditions, or even scenery.

According to an NHTSA report in 2006, driver distraction was the primary contributing factor to crashes and near crashes. Almost 80% of crashes and 65% of near crashes in the study involved the driver looking away from the roadway just prior to the collision.

Contact an Experienced Advocate Today

Distracted driving is an irresponsible activity, particularly if it could have been prevented through consideration of other drivers. If you’ve sustained injuries as the result of an automobile accident caused by a distracted driver, you shouldn’t have to pay for medical costs or any lost wages. Contact our experienced Long Island personal injury attorneys at Gruenberg Kelly Della.

We are devoted to helping victims of injuries get just compensation for their pain and suffering. We provide zealous and compassionate representation from initial investigation and evidence compiling to final negotiations or litigation in court. We also offer personal attention to every client that we help. Our attorneys want you to feel like you are taken care of by friends from start to finish. Let us do your case justice and fight on your behalf. We look forward to hearing from you.

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