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Cell phone use in our modern society is a growing phenomenon. Less than a decade ago, only a few people could afford cell phones. Today, even teens and pre-adolescents can obtain minutes and chat away on mobile phones. This modern convenience, however, has its drawbacks, as the Bronx car accident lawyers at Proner & Proner are well aware.
The NYC 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 in New York City feel as though they have done nothing wrong.
Knowledgeable NY car accident lawyers realize that 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 texting 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 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Queens, NY.
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:
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 personal injury lawsuits involving distracted drivers has dramatically increased in recent years.
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 that it was their right to be able to talk on the phone while they drove — despite the risks to themselves and others.
Unfortunately, the Bronx lawyers at Proner & Proner have encountered just this kind of defiance from some defendants in New York texting while driving accident cases. (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 an accident that causes serious injuries.
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 in New York.
With years of collective experience under their belts, the Bronx 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 in New York City 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 a cell phone 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.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
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
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
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: 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: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.