Distracted Driving Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Attorneys Representing New York City and Long Island Residents
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions nationwide. Drivers texting on their phone, or otherwise distracted, are prone to causing rear-end collisions, as well as other significant accidents and the serious injuries that accompany them. Queens distracted driving accident lawyer Marc S. Albert helps victims injured by a distracted driver pursue legal action and recover the damages that they need to aid in their recovery. As drivers become more careless behind the wheel, dangers increase for other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. We are dedicated to making sure that negligent drivers are held accountable for the harm that they cause. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert has offered aggressive legal representation to people across New York City and on Long Island for over two decades, securing many million-dollar settlements and verdicts.
Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents
New York has taken significant legislative measures to prevent distracted driving practices. In New York, it is illegal to text while driving or use any hand-held device while behind the wheel. A driver can be stopped by police if they are observed violating either law, and they can be subject to fines, as well as points against their driving record and, in some instances, the suspension of a license. Drivers who cause accidents due to their texting or phone use can also be subject to civil lawsuits brought by victims injured by their actions. Texting is a large component of distracted driving accidents, but it is not the only careless action taken by drivers, as the distracted driving accident attorneys at our Queens firm have observed. Other kinds of distractions that can contribute to a significant collision include:
- Drinking or eating.
- Having conversations with other passengers in the vehicle.
- Grooming, such as putting on makeup or shaving.
- Using a GPS system.
- Adjusting the radio.
- Rubbernecking at sights along the road.
Drivers often think that they can do other activities safely while also concentrating on the road. However, distracted driving can significantly delay a driver’s reaction time. One study conducted by the University of Utah found that using a cell phone while driving delayed a driver’s reaction time to the same degree as if a driver had a blood alcohol content of .08, which is the threshold level for a drunk driving charge. In 2014, distracted driving played a role in approximately 431,000 injuries and over 3,000 fatalities in traffic accidents nationwide.
Liability for Distracted Driving Accidents
Victims or families who lost a loved one in a crash can retain a Queens distracted driving accident attorney to file a claim or lawsuit against the parties responsible. Personal injury and wrongful death claims are based on the legal theory of negligence. Negligence exists when one party has breached his or her duty of reasonable care owed to another person, which results in harm and quantifiable costs or losses. For instance, a driver who was texting while behind the wheel and hit another motorist because his or her eyes were not on the road could be found negligent. Victims of distracted drivers may be compensated for past and future medical costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and burial expenses, as well as pain and suffering or loss of consortium damages. In the aftermath of a serious car accident, it may be initially unclear as to what contributed to causing it. The assistance of a knowledgeable attorney can be vital in helping to gather important evidence.
Seek Representation from a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in Queens
A distracted driver can leave victims with serious, life-altering injuries like spinal cord damage, brain injuries, and other permanent impairments that require significant time and expenses for recovery. Marc S. Albert represents people injured in a collision as they seek the resources that they need to move forward. The Law Offices of Marc S. Albert serves injured people throughout New York City and Long Island from offices in Astoria and Syosset. If you are interested in knowing more about your legal options following a car accident, contact our office at 855-252-3788 or online to speak with an attorney.