Distracted Driving Attorneys Serving New York City
Driver distraction is a leading cause of traffic accidents, which themselves are a leading cause of death, statistics show. Nationwide, about 3,000 people die each year in crashes involving a motorist whose eyes or mind wandered or hands left the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A distracted driver puts at risk not only anyone in the same car but also other motorists and passengers as well as people who aren’t in a car. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in five people killed in such crashes was standing, walking, or riding a bike.
What is Distracted Driving?
Driver distractions vary widely. All New York motorists are required to exercise “due care” to avoid colliding with any bicyclist, pedestrian, or domestic animal upon the roadway.
New York state law prohibits the use of smartphones and other “portable electronic devices” while driving, with violations bringing sizable fines and other penalties, even when no accident results.
Operating a motor vehicle while texting, emailing, consulting GPS, eating or drinking, or talking with a passenger can potentially qualify as driver distractions, according to the CDC.
Distracted drivers can collide with other vehicles or objects, buildings, pedestrians, or bicyclists, causing broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord damage, or internal bleeding. Such injuries and the chronic pain they can cause may prove devastating and have lasting effects, keeping you from hobbies, sports, exercising, or even spending time with loved ones.
Filing a Distracted Driver Accident Claim
Time matters to those seeking compensation after a distracted driving accident. Hospital bills and medical expenses can add up, and the deadline to file a claim can sneak up. So don’t wait. Contact the law offices of William Mattar, at (844) 444-4444, and schedule your free initial consultation. Our legal team is ready to begin working for you. We can collect evidence, establish liability, submit paperwork, and deal with insurance companies, allowing you to focus on recovering while we make sure you’re appropriately compensated for any injuries you sustained.