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Distracted driving has become a leading cause of car accidents across the country, causing thousands of preventable accidents, injuries, and deaths nationwide each year. Because distracted driving is dangerous, negligent, and illegal, victims who are injured in distracted driving accidents have every right to hold at-fault drivers accountable and recover the financial compensation they need for damages that include:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost work wages/lost earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Whatever your damages may be, you can put yourself in the best position to recover the full compensation you are entitled to by working with proven drunk driving accident attorneys in NYC. At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, our Brooklyn distracted driving lawyers have helped thousands of accident victims recover the money they rightfully deserved.
New York Distracted Driving Laws
A total of 46 states—in addition to the District of Columbia and certain U.S. territories—enforce laws that ban drivers from text messaging on the road.
In New York, the laws against distracted driving are clear:
- Ban on hand-held devices for drivers of all ages
- Ban on text messaging for drivers of all ages
These strict bans on using cellphones and texting behind the wheel are primary laws. This means authorities can ticket drivers solely for using a phone or texting while driving. In some states, officers need to witness another offense or violation before citing drivers for distracted driving violations.
How Common Is Distracted Driving?
A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than 84% of drivers find texting and driving, as well as other cellphone use behind the wheel, “unacceptable.” Yet, the study found that 36% of those same drivers admitted to reading, writing, and/or sending texts or emails while driving in the past month.
It is clear that, despite the known dangers and various laws prohibiting it, many drivers do not take distracted driving seriously, especially when it comes to texting, emailing, and using cellphones while driving.
According to End Distracted Driving (EndDD):
- Of the 36,096 traffic accident fatalities that occurred in the U.S. in 2019, 7% involved distracted and inattentive drivers
- In 2019, more than 3,100 Americans lost their lives in distracted driving-related crashes, representing a 9.9% increase from the previous year
- Distracted driving is significantly underreported; an estimated 27% of all car accidents in the U.S. in 2015 likely involved cellphone use behind the wheel
- Teens between the ages of 15 and 19 are more likely to be distracted while driving than motorists over the age of 20 when it comes to fatal accidents
- More than 58% of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers can be attributed to distracted driving
- Approximately 1 in 5 people (20%) who died in distracted driving-related crashes in 2018 were not occupants of vehicles
Another notable finding by the University of Utah indicates that people who drive while distracted are equally as impaired as those who drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. In other words, distracted drivers are as dangerous as drunk drivers.
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