Cell Phone Use

Auto Accidents in New York City

NY Auto Accidents Caused by Cell Phone Use

Cell phone use in our modern society is a growing phenomenon. Less than a decade ago, only a few people could afford them. Today, even teens and pre-adolescents can obtain minutes and chat away on mobile phones. This modern convenience, however, has its drawbacks, as the New York City car accident lawyers at Proner & Proner are well aware.

The injury attorneys at Proner & Proner often handle cases involving distracted drivers who have injured innocent victims through their thoughtless use of a cell phone while driving. Adding insult to injury is the fact that many cell phone users who cause accidents feel as though they have done nothing wrong.

Knowledgeable car accident lawyers realize this is not the case. In fact, people who cause car accidents because of their cell phone use have committed an act of criminal negligence. This is because cell phone use while driving lowers an individual’s ability to pay strict attention to the rules of the road. Many of these distracted drivers follow too closely and are slow to react to brake lights. In the experience of attorney Mitchell Proner, it is this slow reaction time that is responsible for many catastrophic car wrecks.

Cell Phone-Related Accidents Are on the Rise in New York

According to a study initiated by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the use of mobile phones is quickly becoming the number one reason for driver distraction. The study showed that:

  • A person driving while speaking on a cell phone has the same impairment and reaction time of a drunk driver with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent.
  • Hands-free cell phones didn’t reduce the level of impairment; in fact, driver distraction rates were exactly the same as with hand-held cell phones.
  • Users of both hand-held and hands-free cell phones drove far slower than other drivers on the road, yet they were nine percent slower in hitting their brakes.

With more than 10 million U.S. drivers talking on cellular phones while driving on a daily basis, it is easy to understand why the number of car accident lawsuits involving distracted drivers has dramatically increased in recent years.

Unchanging Attitudes Also Increase Personal Injury Lawsuits

Despite this information, people often have a nonchalant, defiant attitude in regards to their cell phone use while driving. On average, most people displayed an arrogant or rebellious demeanor when it came to being told that cell phones should be banned. There were even a handful who felt it was their right to be able to talk on the phone while they drove despite the risks to themselves and others.

Unfortunately, the lawyers at Proner & Proner have encountered just this kind of defiance from some defendants. Even those who are harmed may second-guess themselves. This is because the use of cell phones while driving is so prevalent that most people don’t give it a second thought – until they are involved in a serious accident.

Many people have called upon the car accident lawyers of our New York City law firm to handle cases involving injury due to another driver’s negligent cell-phone use. This is largely because the Proner team of seasoned personal injury attorneys has a history of success in handling cell phone-related car accident cases.

Contact Our Knowledgeable NYC Car Accident Lawyers

With years of collective experience under their belts, the New York City car accident lawyers of Proner & Proner can successfully handle your case and help you and your family obtain the monetary compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Proner & Proner understand how mounting medical bills and a dwindling bank account can put your family’s financial security in jeopardy.

If you have been harmed in an automobile accident and the person who caused the accident refuses to acknowledge their guilt, you have rights. Contact the law offices of Proner & Proner today for the quality representation you need to get your life back in order after a serious car accident.

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Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.

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$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic


Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride

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$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck


Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury


Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus


Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation


Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.

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