Distracted driving is a serious issue on the roads of New York, just as it is across the nation. If you were involved in a collision caused by a distracted driver, or you lost a loved one in a distracted driving crash, then you may be able to collect compensation covering your losses.
If you are considering bringing legal action against the persons or entities responsible for your personal injuries or loved one’s death, a distracted driving accident lawyer serving Hempstead can assist you in filing and completing your personal injury lawsuit. Call our legal team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 for a free consultation.
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Efforts to Curb Distracted Driving in New York Have Not Worked
New York’s leaders and its citizens have recognized the massive danger that distracted driving poses and have taken efforts to crack down on those who willfully engage in driving while distracted.
From a 2018 press release posted on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ website, the New York’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) acknowledged National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the governor launched a state-wide campaign to stymie distracted driving, dubbed Operation Hang Up. Launched on April 17, the program issued over 2,000 tickets to those who were engaged in driving distracted, which included texting, making phone calls, or using mobile devices for other purposes
In addition, the New York State Governor’s Office announced that the state had drastically increased the issuance of tickets for texting while driving since roughly 2011, with authorities citing injuries and deaths caused by distracted drivers as the reason for stronger enforcement. However, the threat of tickets and other fines do not appear to have put any serious dent in the prevalence of distracted driving in New York.
Forms of Distractions While Driving
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), any behavior that causes a driver to take their attention from the road may qualify as distracted driving. Driving distracted may also include any behavior that causes you to:
- Take one or more hands off the wheel
- Take your eyes from the road
- Take your mental attention from driving safely
These descriptions encompass a significant number of activities, but some distracting behaviors are more prevalent than others. Some of the commonly seen forms of driving distractions are:
- Reading text messages
- Sending text messages
- Monitoring social media
- Posting on social media
- Engaging with a navigation app or device
- Making a phone call, even if it is hands-free
- Drinking a beverage
- Eating food
- Putting on makeup or combing your hair
- Adjusting the car’s entertainment system
- Taking your eyes from the road to observe sights
- Turning your attention to passengers, including pets, inside the vehicle
- Turning your attention to individuals outside the vehicle, including those in other cars
Many of these behaviors may seem harmless, commonplace, or even routine to you, but they are forms of driving while distracted, nevertheless. If the driver who caused your collision was engaged in one or more of these distracting behaviors, or a host of other behaviors that may count as distracted driving, they may be liable for your losses stemming from the crash.
If you are considering bringing legal action to cover your losses, call the personal injury law firm of Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 for a free consultation. A distracted driving lawyer with our firm is ready to help.
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Proving a Distracted Driver Was at Fault for Your Car Crash
One of the trickiest parts of cracking down on this type of driving is that acts of distraction can be difficult to prove. However, if your collision was the result of another distracted motorist, there may be several potential pieces of evidence that could help prove you were the victim of negligence. Such evidence may include:
- Video footage of the collision, as cameras are increasingly prevalent on roadways, especially so in security-conscious New York
- Eyewitness accounts of actions by the defendant in your case
- Admissions by the driver that they were distracted, which may come from police reports, insurance claims, or both
Your personal injury attorney will help you collect any additional recoverable evidence that could benefit your personal injury claim. In addition to this, you can expect your attorney to:
- Consult experts in fields relevant to your case to obtain their testimony, which may be relevant in either settlement negotiations or trial
- File all documents necessary to initiate and complete your personal injury lawsuit
- Consulting your attending physician and medical records to obtain documentation of your personal injuries
- Calculate the compensation that you are entitled to receive
- Serve all your legal needs
If your injury lawyer is successful, then you could collect compensation covering crash-related losses. That compensation may include awards for:
- Any emergency transportation and care you received after the collision
- Any surgeries or other medical procedures required to treat your injuries
- The cost of physical and psychological rehabilitation
- Income that you have not collected because of injuries that have prohibited you from working, perhaps indefinitely
- Permanent physical disability, scarring, or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering that you have endured because of your car crash
- And possibly more
You could be awarded damages by a jury after a trial or collect such compensation through a personal injury settlement agreement. The extent and nature of awards that you could be entitled to receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your injury case.
Call the Personal Injury Law Firm of Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Today
You may be unable to work, facing an indeterminate road to restoring your health, and may have an increasing number of financial strains relating to your collision. A personal injury lawyer can take on your pursuit of compensation so that you do not have to worry about fighting on your own.
Call our team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 to find out how our distracted driving accident lawyer serving Hempstead can help you pursue any compensation that you are entitled to receive. Our team can even assist in Spanish if needed.