According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 24 percent of Rochester residents are under the age of 18. The Centers for Disease Control reports that drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
New York State has a law that prohibits all drivers from using portable electronic devices
Because distracted driving car accidents happen so frequently in Rochester, NYS legislators established special laws aimed at teaching newly licensed drivers caught texting while driving a firm lesson. For Class DJ, Class MJ or learner licensees, conviction will result in a mandatory 120-day driver license or permit suspension, and subsequent convictions within six months of a license restoration will result in a revocation of at least one year of a probationary license, junior license or learner permit.
It can only take a few seconds of taking your eyes off the road to swerve into oncoming traffic, fail to stop at a signal or sign or crash into the car in front of you. Unfortunately, younger drivers don’t always pay attention to how long they glance at their cell phones. They also may focus more on engaging with passengers than the road ahead.
Rochester law enforcement takes distracted driving seriously and will stop drivers of any age if they see them using a digital device while driving. Accidents caused by distracted drivers may result in extensive physical injury. If you have been hurt by a distracted driver and required medical attention following the crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Call William Mattar today to make an appointment for a free consultation with a Rochester car accident lawyer.