Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of severe injury car accidents. Nowadays, cell phones are a considerable risk-factor in distracted driving. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of approximately 3,166 people in 2017. In 2015, almost 400 thousand people were seriously injured in car accidents that involved distracted drivers. Texting while driving creates a significant hazard on the road — not just for the distracted driver, but for passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers as well.
Individuals who are most at-risk for distracted driving include teens and young adults. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.” These accidents are especially devastating, not only because they affect a much younger age-group, but because of their preventable nature.
If a driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour and takes their eyes off the road for even 5 seconds to send a text, that driver is effectively moving through the length of an entire football field with their eyes closed. By focusing their full attention on the road and waiting until later to send a text, drivers can easily avoid many of the risks involved in distracted driving.
Texting while driving has become such an issue that public officials have even introduced laws against the act. In the state of New York, drivers cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or portable electronic device while they travel. If drivers are caught using a hand-held mobile device, they could be issued a ticket, subject to a fine, and given a surcharge.
In all, researchers and public officials seem to agree: texting and driving isn’t worth the risk.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident because of a distracted driver, contact an experienced accident attorney for help. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our New York car accident lawyers know how to handle these types of cases and get injured individuals the compensation they deserve. We are here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE consultation today.
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