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Driving While Distracted in New York: Why Is It Happening?

Distracted Driving Accidents in New York City

Hundreds of car accidents occur in New York each day. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers that are operating a vehicle while they’re distracted, meaning they may not be paying attention to what is going on around or in front of them. Although distracted driving is common in New York, it is not just a local problem. Drivers are operating vehicles while distracted in states all across the country.

Drivers can become distracted for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of distracted driving include:

  • Sending text messages or making calls with a cell phone
  • Eating a meal or attempting to take a sip of a beverage, such as coffee
  • Turning around and losing sight of the road to speak to a passenger in the vehicle
  • Looking at the navigation system or checking a map to see your location
  • Changing the radio station or attempting to turn music on when it stops playing
  • Turning around to tell children to stop fighting or bickering with one another in the backseat

While these are just some of the distractions that can occur when people are driving, there are plenty of other ways for drivers to become distracted and take their eyes off the road for a few seconds.

Texting while driving is one of the biggest problems. It is especially common among the younger generation of drivers. People feel the need to look at their messages and respond, ultimately taking their hands off the wheel to do so. It can easily lead to serious accidents where multiple people are injured. Unfortunately, people have died because of drivers that were distracted because of cell phone use car accidents.

In New York, cell phone use is not permitted inside the vehicle if it requires the driver to use his or her hands. While it is possible to have the phone on speaker, drivers should not hold the phone to have a conversation via the phone or text message. If a driver is caught operating the phone while behind the wheel, he or she will receive a fine of up to $150. This monetary fine is not the only consequence, though. Drivers that choose to use their phones while driving in New York can have points added to their driving record, which can cause them to eventually end up with a suspended license.

Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New York

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New York City? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represent clients injured because of car accidents in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York City, NY 10165 as well as offices in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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