Distracted driving is one of the biggest dangers on the roads and highways today. It is also one of the easiest to correct.
Distracted driving comes in many forms.
There are many forms of distracted driving that can cause an accident.
- Personal distractions such as being on a cell phone, applying make-up, reading, fighting to stay awake, or even daydreaming. Falling asleep or daydreaming can be caused by fatigue or exhaustion, or as a result of drugs or alcohol.
- Distractions inside of the car such as playing radio, other passengers, either adults or kids, animals or loose objects within the vehicle.
- Distractions from outside of the car, such as rubbernecking, paying more attention to the weather or other motorists rather than the road in front of you, billboards, or even just looking at the scenery around you.
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 80% of the crashes in New York State involved distracted driving in some form.
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.
Cell phones and Electronic devices are a danger behind the wheel
The most prevalent forms of distraction are cell phones and other electronic devices.
New York State has passed a Cell Phone Law which prohibits the use of any hand-held device on any road in New York State. The law also specifies what is considered a hand-held device:
- Cell Phone
- Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
- Video Game Console
- Other portable computer or communication device
Drivers are not allowed to text or send an email while driving under any circumstances.
Liability for Distracted Driving Accidents
Victims or families who lost a loved one in a crash can retain an attorney to file a claim or lawsuit against the parties responsible. Marc S. Albert, with offices in Astoria, Queens, and Syosset in Nassau County, is an experienced Personal Injury attorney who has successfully tried many cases involving distracted drivers who have caused the injury or death of others through their negligence. Negligence in Personal Injury and Wrongful death cases 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.
Attorney Marc S. Albert represents the victims of distracted drivers to receive compensation for past and future medical costs, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and burial expenses. Mr. Albert will also argue for compensation for pain and suffering and loss of consortium damages. Loss of Consortium damages is related to the services and skills that a loved one had been responsible for. This includes tasks such as cooking meals, doing laundry, picking up the children and driving them where they needed to be. Loss of Consortium can also include the loss of companionship and intimacy between spouses.
In the aftermath of a 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 relevant evidence.
Seek Representation from a Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer in Queens or Syosset
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.