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Statistics show distracted drivers are a common cause of crashes

In New York and across the nation, distracted drivers are a growing problem that legislators and law enforcement are seeking to stop. The risks accompanying texting and driving, using the internet and performing other activities on a device are obvious, but people still tend to do it under the misplaced belief that they can multi-task and do so safely. Statistically, the numbers indicate how truly dangerous it is for distracted drivers to be on the road in New York. For those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, this can be critical to a legal filing for compensation.

Data provided by the NYPD indicates that in Staten Island, distracted drivers or drivers who were not paying attention caused nearly half of the accidents that have happened so far in 2018. It was more than twice the next most common cause of car accidents, which was vehicles following too closely. Other reasons for crashes to happen include drivers making unsafe lane changes, improper turns, not yielding to right-of-way and unsafe backups. Overall, Staten Island had almost 10,500 crashes through October. Just short of 5,000 were due to drivers who were distracted or inattentive.

A vast number of accidents do not have a known cause. The reason for the accident is only listed when the NYPD is aware. When compared to 2017, there was a minuscule increase in accidents - 0.3 percent - and 831 were due to inattentive driving. This rise is believed to be disproportionate. Staten Island far surpasses other boroughs in New York City when calculating the percentage of auto accidents that are due to inattentive drivers.

Queens still leads in overall accidents with 55,299. 38 percent of them were because of inattentive drivers or distracted drivers. The other boroughs are lower than 32 percent for these crashes. One positive in Staten Island is that the number of fatalities has reduced from the 10 that occurred in 2017. Through October, there were five in the borough.

When there are catastrophic injuries or fatalities after car accidents in Staten Island and throughout New York, there will be many issues that must be navigated. This includes medical expenses, lost time on the job and the accompanying lost wages, the possibility that care will be needed after the accident and the worst-case scenario of an unexpected death. Knowing if it was because of a distracted or inattentive driver can be integral to lawsuits that are pursued after car accidents.

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Michael J. Gaffney, Attorney at Law
1164 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10301

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