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Cell Phone Related Accidents: A Distracted Driver is a Negligent Driver

If you've been injured in an accident or on the job, the attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to hold the party responsible for your injury accountable.

Last Updated: 07-17-2023

As our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology, the dangerous practice of talking on a cell phone and text messaging while driving is becoming more and more prevalent. This illegal activity often leads to serious and sometimes deadly consequences. While most people believe drunk driving or speeding are the leading causes of car accidents, cell phone use, and texting while driving is equally responsible. Call us to discuss financial compensation if you were in a phone-related accident caused by a distracted driver.

Distracted Driving Laws in New York

New York State has the nation’s toughest laws against distracted driving. In 2011, the state legislature passed a bill that made using handheld electronic devices while driving a primary offense. Under New York State law, you cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or send a text or email while you drive. Increases in the cost of penalties have also risen within the past year due to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push towards decreasing distraction on the roads. First-time offenders will now pay a fine of $50 to $150. Second-time offenders who text and drive within 18 months of another texting offense will pay a fine of $50 up to $200. Furthermore, subsequent offenders will pay a fine of $50 up to $400. In addition to monetary penalties, each offense imposes three to five violation points against the driver’s license.

Although the penalties may deter some negligent driving, the hard truth is that cell phone-related car accidents have increased. From 2005 to 2011, the governor’s office estimated a 143% increase in cell phone-related car crashes in New York State. The most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association for 2011 reveals 3,331 deaths due to car accidents involving a distracted driver. This total increased from 3,267 deaths reported the year before.

Texting while driving is the most dangerous of all cell phone related tasks. People who text while driving are 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident than drivers who give their full attention to the road.

Call Our Personal Injury Attorneys

Those injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver would be wise to consult a skilled car accident attorney who can help protect their legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP are dedicated to vigorously protecting the rights and interests of those who negligent drivers have hurt. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation.

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