Sept. 24, 2012
Police know that a Hoosick Falls, New York, woman was driving under the influence of drugs when she caused an accident leaving a bicyclist seriously injured. However, they are still working to determine if texting and driving or any other distraction may have played a part in causing the crash.
The Wall Street Journal reports the accident occurred on Sept. 3 along Route 22. As the intoxicated woman approached the cyclist along the rural road from behind, she failed to yield the right of way and struck the bicycle with her vehicle. The impact from the Albany Bicycle Accident ejected the rider from the bike and threw him to the ground roughly 30-yards away. Rescue crews rushed the critical victim to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police have confiscated the driver’s phone and are looking at GPS data from the cyclist to determine if the intoxicated woman may have been distracted in the moments leading up to the accident.
Under New York law, texting while driving is an offense that can result in hefty fines and points on your license. Officials hope stiff penalties will help curtail the roughly 3,000 deaths each year due to distracted driving.
The Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices ask that we each do our part to prevent senseless accidents by putting our phones down when driving.