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When technologies such as cell phones and portable MP3 players distract drivers on the road, the results can be deadly. A distracted driver’s ability to navigate the vehicle and react quickly is greatly diminished, and the likelihood of a car, trucking, or motorcycle accident is significantly increased. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and should enlist the help of an experienced auto accident attorney.
At Proner & Proner, our personal injury lawyers represent victims of car accidents in New York City, the five surrounding boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island), and throughout New York. We will determine whether you have a case, and, if you do, we will help you to pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact us anytime to discuss your legal options.
Technology such as cell phones, in-vehicle navigation systems (including adaptive cruise control, advanced headlamps, electronic backing aids, and rear-view video cameras), MP3 players, stereo systems, and other devices can cause a significant distraction for drivers. These devices can distract the driver mentally (if the driver’s attention is drawn from the road), visually (if the driver is not focusing on the road), and physically (if the driver is handling the device instead of the steering wheel).
According to reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the risk of a car crash or near-crash is nearly three times as high for a driver engaging in complex secondary tasks (such as radio tuning and phone dialing) and twice as high for a driver engaging in moderate secondary tasks (such as talking on a cell phone) compared to a baseline driver. Secondary-task distraction contributed to more than 22 percent of all crashes and near-crashes in the study. The study also found that the most frequent type of secondary-task engagement involved the use of hand-held devices.
Another study by the NHTSA focused on subjects’ reactions to in-vehicle voice technology (as well as visual and manual stimuli) while performing in-vehicle secondary tasks. The study found that while the driver’s ability to control the vehicle decreased significantly with secondary task performance, the use of a voice-based interface reduced their degree of distraction.
Proner & Proner provides exceptional legal counsel for victims of car accidents. Serving Manhattan and all of New York, our personal injury attorneys utilize every resource available to make sure that accident victims’ rights are protected. To schedule a complimentary case evaluation, contact Proner & Proner in New York City today.
Although no state completely bans cell phone use while driving, many states, including New York, New Jersey, and California, as well as Washington, D.C., have passed hands-free driving laws that prohibit cell phone use without a hands-free device while driving. These laws are designed to minimize driver distraction by keeping drivers from holding, dialing, and looking at a cell phone while behind the wheel.
In New York, the first state to introduce hands-free legislation in November 2001, fines of up to $100 exist for individuals who violate this law. In New York and most other states, the hands-free driving law allows an officer to ticket a driver for using a handheld cell phone while driving, even if no other traffic offense has taken place. Our auto accident lawyers are familiar with New York State’s hands-free laws and can provide the legal counsel you need if you are involved in a dispute related to use of a handheld device while driving. Contact our firm today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
At Proner & Proner in NYC, Mitchell Proner and A. Stanley Proner are experienced in all aspects of motor vehicle accident law. As skilled and experienced auto accident lawyers, they have helped many victims of car accidents throughout New York obtain settlements for injuries that were caused by distracted drivers. Whether you were injured in a single- or multiple-vehicle accident, a commercial vehicle or trucking accident, or another type of accident, Proner & Proner can help. If, during your free initial consultation, we determine that you have a case, our attorneys will provide expert legal representation to help you achieve a favorable outcome to your New York City car accident case.
Motor vehicle accidents occur in a flash, forever altering the lives of accident victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was distracted by a cell phone or another technology, you may be entitled to compensation. At Proner & Proner, our attorneys are experienced in handling the aftermath of these types of car accidents. The attorneys at our New York City law firm are dedicated to protecting victims’ rights. Contact Proner and Proner today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will provide aggressive legal representation on your behalf.
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.