Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
Distracted driving has always been a danger on the roadways of New York City. However, it has become an even bigger concern over the last decade as a result of the increase in cell phone use and texting. Each year, thousands of people are injured, and killed across the nation as a result of distracted driving. Many of the accidents that cause those injuries take place in New York City and the surrounding areas. The New York City distracted driving accident lawyers at David Resnick & Associates can help you get the compensation you deserve if a distracted driver has harmed you.
You need a skilled and compassionate lawyer on your side if you or a loved one has been injured in a New York car accident caused by distracted driving. The legal team at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., understands that an accident can have a serious impact on individuals and families. Our lawyers work hard to ensure the best resolution for each and every client.
To get help from an experienced NYC distracted driving collision attorney, call 888-797-0199 now or fill out our online contact form.
David Resnick, the firm’s founder and a New York personal injury lawyer, believes that strong client relationships, built on trust and communication, are the keys to success. He is committed to helping clients throughout the New York metro area, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City, rebuild their lives after a traumatic injury or accident.
Common Forms of Distracted Driving in New York City
Distracted driving is a broad term that includes anything that takes a driver’s hands, eyes or concentration off of the road. Statistics tell us that some form of distracted driving plays a role in 16 percent of fatal crashes. In the State of New York alone, distracted driving contributed to one out of every five accidents in 2010, causing 141 fatalities and 25,000 personal injury accidents.
Historically, the most common driver distractions were things such as talking to passengers in the car, eating while driving, grooming, changing the radio station and sightseeing or rubbernecking. A new hazard has emerged in recent years — cell phones and other electronic devices like GPS navigation systems.
Cell phone use has skyrocketed in the last decade. Talking on a cell phone creates a serious danger on the road. However, texting while driving is even more dangerous. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. In order to put that in perspective, that amounts to driving the length of a football field at highway speeds completely blind. Experts believe that texting while driving is so dangerous that they have equated it to drinking and driving.
To test that contention, the editors at Car and Driver did their own experiment to compare the impact of texting while driving to that of drunk driving on a driver’s reaction time. Two vehicles were rigged with a red light on the dash that would light up when the driver needed to stop. An editor and an intern then ran the course to provide a baseline reaction time free from distractions. The pair then drove the course again while reading and sending a text as well as after consuming enough alcohol to reach a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent. Both drivers’ reaction times were significantly worse when texting than when at the legal limit for drinking and driving.
New York has banned the use of all handheld devices while driving, including texting devices. Despite this ban, drivers continue to use their cell phones to talk and communicate by text messaging while driving, putting everyone on the road at risk.
The New York City distracted driving accident lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., are experienced at investigating and analyzing car accident cases to look for contributing factors such as distracted driving. Even if the other driver was not charged with violating the cell phone or texting ban, evidence of distracted driving could still be decisive in determining fault. If another driver involved in the accident was driving while distracted, that may lead to a finding of negligence, which may then entitle you to compensation for your injuries.
Contact An Experienced New York Distracted Driving Attorney Today
If you have been injured in a New York City car accident and you believe that distracted driving played a role in the accident, contact the experienced New York City distracted driving lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., today. Our distracted driving car accident attorneys can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered as a result of the accident.
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we offer a free initial evaluation of your claim. Rest assured that our attorneys will negotiate a prompt, fair and just settlement or fight aggressively to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available under the law. Call 888-797-0199 today or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation.