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Distracted driving is a serious threat to motorists on the roadways today. This dangerous driving behavior claimed 3,450 lives in 2016, as stated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you have been injured in a crash caused by a distracted driver, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We serve Manhattan and New York City, providing high-quality representation for people hurt in distracted driver accidents.
NHTSA defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts the driver’s attention from driving. It can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), or cognitive (taking your mind off your driving). Texting is a combination of all three.
Examples of driver distraction include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports nearly 3,500 distracted driving deaths and 391,000 distracted driving injuries in the U.S. in a recent year. According to NHTSA, approximately 481,000 people are using cell phones while driving during daylight hours. NHTSA determined that in a recent year:
In a nationally representative NHTSA telephone survey on distracted driving, researchers found that, of the respondents who had been in a crash or near-crash during the past year, 6% reported using a cell phone at the time of the accident — 4% were talking on the phone, 1% were sending a text or email, and 1% were reading a text or email.
When asked how talking on the phone affects their driving, more than half of respondents said that it makes no difference. When asked about the impact on their driving of sending text messages or emails, 25% said it makes no difference to their driving. Approximately one-third of males and one-quarter of females said they drive slower while sending text messages or emails.
Although it is illegal to text, email, or talk on a handheld phone while driving in New York, distracted driving continues to occur. If you have suffered injuries in a traffic crash caused by a distracted driver, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced car accident attorney. Our lawyers can investigate your accident, obtain and preserve evidence, assess the full extent of your losses, negotiate skillfully on your behalf, and take your case to trial if necessary.
At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C., we are tough advocates for people in New York City who have been injured by distracted drivers. Call us today to schedule a consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be able to claim.