Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 2:50 pm
As far as car accidents go, many people assume that drunk driving is the most dangerous behavior people can commit behind the wheel; however, the reality is that using a cellphone, particularly texting while driving, can be just as dangerous. Unfortunately, according to the governor’s office, New York saw a 143% increase of car accidents related to cell phone usage while driving from 2005-2011.
With the continued increase of our usage of technology and the increasing dependence on it, texting while driving or talking on a cell phone is only becoming more of an issue. In an attempt to deter drivers from committing this dangerous act or to more seriously punish those who choose to engage in it, the state of New York enacted a law that makes using handheld electronic devices at all an offense. Governor Andrew Cuomo has also enacted legislation aimed at lowering distracted driving by increasing the penalties for texting and driving to $50 to $150 for first time offenders, $50 up to $200 for second time offenders, and $50 up to $400 for third or subsequent offenders.
Drivers who decide to recklessly text while driving are estimated to be 23.2 times more at risk of becoming involved in a car accident than others who drive more safely. Learn more about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving and get the legal help you need after being involved in such an accident in New York from the lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP Call us at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your situation.