Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Serving Albany
On average, 3,000 people are killed every year in distracted-driving accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
In 2020, the number of people killed in such accidents was 3,142, NHTSA statistics show.
The experienced attorneys at William Mattar, P.C., can help car-accident victims get maximum compensation after an Albany distracted-driving accident. Call (844) 444-4444 today and speak with a member of our team, or fill out an online form requesting a free initial consultation. Our experienced lawyers are standing by to help you when you need it most. They are prepared to respond promptly and effectively to represent you if you are hurt in a crash caused by a distracted driver.
What Is Distracted Driving?
- The NHTSA defines distracted driving as “any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigations system – anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
Nearly eight out of 10 crashes involve a driver looking away from the road just before the crash, a Virginia Tech University study found.
At the forefront of driving distractions, according to the NHTSA, is cell-phone use.
Sending or reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed, according to the NHTSA.
Other potential causes of distracted driving can include eating, drinking, and setting GPS navigation when such activities distract the driver from the road.
Distracted Driving is a Growing Problem
New York, like many other states, has adopted laws against using a cell phone or other handheld electronic device while driving to reduce the number of accidents caused by driver distraction. In fact, law banning, with certain limited exceptions, hand-held cellphone use while driving.
Texting drivers can be stopped and cited, even if the driver has not violated any other Vehicle and Traffic Laws.
Possible penalties for distracted driving include steep fines and points against the driver’s license, but the real danger is the potential for loss of life.
Distracted driving accidents can result in serious injury. Head and brain injuries, whiplash, broken bones, lacerations, spinal cord injuries, and damage to the internal organs are just a few of the injuries that may be sustained in an accident, keeping you out of work and unable to participate in life.
The experienced distracted driving accident attorneys at William Mattar, P.C. are ready to get to work immediately collecting evidence, advocating in court, and dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance companies. So, if you’ve been injured in an Albany distracted-driver accident, don’t hesitate to call and schedule your free initial consultation. We can assist with every aspect of your case, leaving you to focus on recovering. You can also reach us 24/7 by calling (844) 444-4444.