Anecdotal and statistical evidence show just how dangerous distracted driving is in New York and across the country. In 2016 alone, distracted drivers caused almost 3,500 deaths and 391,000 injuries. Research shows how laws designed to discourage drivers from texting and driving have improved safety. This new research considered not only the number of fatalities caused by distracted driving, but also looked at the number of accidents. States that have banned texting and driving have seen a notable decrease in the number of car accidents that occur each year. Regardless, when a car crash happens, people who have been injured or lost a loved one should consider a lawsuit.
In the U.S., 47 states have enacted laws that restrict texting and driving. In states with some form of texting restriction, there was a four percent reduction in the number of emergency room visits. States with primary bans had an eight percent reduction.
There are two types of laws regarding texting and driving: primary and secondary. In states with a primary law, law enforcement can stop and ticket a driver simply for using the device when behind the wheel. Conversely, in states with a secondary law, there must be another act that led to the stop, such as failure to obey a stop sign.
People who have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident must consider the future. Medical costs, lost income and other expenses will come about after being injured in a car accident. When a loved one is killed, funeral costs will be added to the list. Calling a law firm that specializes in car accident cases can help a victim gather evidence for a legal filing, whether it was due to distracted driving or another reason.