Distracted Driver Accidents
The car accident lawyers at our firm represent victims of distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving kills thousands of innocent victims every year. In 2010, it was responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 people in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving is considered an epidemic and sadly enough, it is completely avoidable. Distraction occurs when a driver takes their hands, eyes or even their mental attention off of the road. This can involve talking to other people in your vehicle, eating, changing the radio and others but by far the most dangerous form of distracted driving is cell-phone use. Texting or talking on the phone while you are driving means that you are 23 times more likely to cause an accident.
While most people think that an accident will never happen to them, distracted driving is a reality and can affect anyone in any type of driving situation. If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to take civil action against them for your injuries and other damages. At the very least, you will be filing an auto insurance claim after the accident in order to make a recovery from your insurance company. Unfortunately, even auto insurance claims can present challenges. Insurance companies might try to shift liability onto you for the accident or offer you a settlement that is far less than the amount of damages you suffered. In order to get maximum financial compensation, speak with a personal injury lawyer from our firm today.
Distracted Driving Statistics
In the state of New York, there is a ban on all use of handheld cellular devices as well as a ban on texting for all drivers. Some states still allow cell phone use or cell phone use with the use of a hands-free device. Currently, there are 39 states that have issued a total ban on texting while driving due to the undeniable evidence that it is dangerous and causes avoidable accidents. It was mentioned earlier than more than 3,000 people were killed in 2010 due to distracted driving. In that same year, more than 416,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents. While distracted driving doesn’t always kill, it has the potential to seriously and permanently injure.
The statistical group that is most likely to be involved in distracted driving collisions is teenagers and young adults. According to Pew research, 40 percent of all American teenagers admit to being in a car where the driver was using their cell phone. Teenage and young drivers are also already at an increased risk of causing an accident due to their inexperience. Inexperience combined with distraction is a recipe for disaster. Many people can participate in distracted driving without even realizing they are doing it. For example, reading a map is a form of distracted driving. Even using a navigation system such as a GPS or smart phone map is a form of distracted driving.
Why choose The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C.?
If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident that was caused by distraction, there is action that you can take. In order to ensure that you get a full recovery, speak with a car accident attorney from our firm. We always fight for our clients so that they don’t get cut short of their deserved compensation. The time after an accident can be wrought with anxiety, unsurety and significant pain. Our firm aims to alleviate this burden by acting as your advocate. To learn more about representation from our firm, contact The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. today!