It does not matter how many distracted driving campaigns the state of New York runs, you always see drivers using their cellphones while behind the wheel. Distracted driving collisions are frequently reported and numerous people injured every year. If you have suffered injuries in a crash with a distracted driver, you may seek compensation for your losses through legal means.
What is it that removes people’s attention from driving? Well, some people deal with mental distractions from things going on in their lives. Others try to multi-task while driving, taking their eyes off the road and sometimes their hands off the steering wheel. Some people feel the overwhelming need to look at their electronic devices while driving. How bad is it really, and what is the state trying to do about it?
The reality of it all
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 80 percent of all collisions in the state of New York are the result of distracted driving. A whopping 80 percent! That is significant. They say that the most common form of distraction seen is cellphone or other electronic device use. Those who text or talk on their cellphones while driving are up to three times more likely to cause or be involved in an accident.
The state does have a cellphone law in place, which prohibits the use of hand-held devices. Those caught violating this law can face hefty fines and the loss of driving privileges — after a few repeat offenses. The only time the law permits hand-held devices while driving is if an emergency needs reporting. Hand-held devices include:
The devices may be used if you have them plugged into the car and you access them in a hands-free way.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a crash with a distracted driver, you may have experienced physical, financial and emotional losses — all of which can have long-term consequences. You may be able to pursue compensation for these losses by filing legal claims against the responsible party. Victims of distracted driving accidents may find having the assistance of skilled legal counsel helpful when seeking compensation.