Distracted drivers take thousands of lives every year. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported at least 3,450 deaths involving distracted driving throughout the U.S. Despite a duty to drive prudently and pay attention to the road, hundreds of drivers in New York City drive distracted every day. If a distracted driver injured you or killed a loved one, speak to an attorney at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo, P.C. The at-fault driver could owe you compensation for damages.
Distracted driving is an act of negligence. It is a direct breach of a driver’s duty to reasonably prevent harm to others on the roadway. Unfortunately, New York’s no-fault car insurance laws can make it difficult for victims of distracted driving to obtain fair recovery. Hiring a lawyer, however, can greatly improve the odds.
A lawyer knows how to negotiate no-fault insurance claims, as well as how to file a personal injury lawsuit if your injuries meet the threshold as “serious” in the eyes of the law. You can relax and focus on healing while your lawyer negotiates the best possible compensation for your damages.
Distracted driving is one of the deadliest driver mistakes on the road. Driving without both eyes on the road, both hands on the wheel, and the mind present on the driving task can compromise a driver’s abilities to safely control and handle a motor vehicle. A distracted driver may not notice a crossing pedestrian or changing traffic signal or be able to react in time to prevent a collision with other vehicles, objects, or pedestrians. Following are some of the most common causes of distracted driving.
The use of a handheld cellphone or other electronic device in any capacity while driving in New York is against the law. Breaking this law can result in fines of up to $150 for a first offense. If someone causes a crash while using a handheld device, that person could be financially responsible for damages. It is up to crash victims to protect their rights and to pursue fair compensation with help from an attorney.
To hold a distracted driver liable for damages, car accident victims (or their attorneys) must prove another driver breached a duty of care, and this breach caused the crash. Proof of distracted driving could involve photographs from the accident, the other driver’s cellphone records, testimony from eyewitnesses, and statements from subject-matter experts. Lack of brake marks on the ground, for example, could help prove that something was distracting the driver’s attention prior to the collision. Hiring a law firm with the resources to diligently investigate your crash and collect evidence can help strengthen your case.
Our lawyers have seen first-hand how catastrophic a distracted driving accident can be for victims. From multiple bone fractures and traumatic brain injuries to disfiguring lacerations and bad burns, we have handled car accident cases involving numerous serious injuries. If you believe a distracted driver may be liable for your crash-related damages, contact the New York City attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath and Cannavo, P.C. We can start your case with a free consultation at our local law office, over the phone, or at your home or hospital.