Despite the dangers it creates, distracted driving happens every day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nine people are killed and over 1,000 injured every day because of distracted drivers.
These collisions are tragic and avoidable. If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision involving a distracted driver, you may be able to hold them responsible for your losses. A distracted driving accident lawyer serving Huntington from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. may be able to investigate your collision and help you build a case to pursue compensation for your injuries.
We understand how overwhelming it can be to even think about filing a lawsuit if you are still healing from your injuries. However, medical costs can quickly add up, and if you are missing work, you may not have the income to pay them.
You do not have to go through this alone. Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. is here to help. For a free review of your case with a member of our team, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900.
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Types of Distracted Driving
According to the CDC, distracted driving includes any type of behavior that takes your focus off of your driving. Texting and driving is considered one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving, as it involves three different types of distraction:
- Cognitive, where your attention is off the task of driving
- Manual, where your hands are removed from the steering wheel
- Visual, where your eyes are not watching the road
While texting and driving may be the most talked-about form of distracted driving, there are many other types of distracted driving that people engage in regularly, and each can be incredibly dangerous.
Other types of distracted driving include:
- Using a navigation system
- Talking on the phone
- Changing the radio
- Eating or drinking behind the wheel
- Talking to passengers
- Looking at the scenery around you
- Handling an unrestrained pet
Allowing your mind to wander while you are driving is even a form of distracted driving.
If you believe a distracted driver caused your collision, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900 for a free case review with a member of our team.
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How the Statute of Limitations Could Impact Your Case
In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits stemming from an auto accident is generally three years, per NY Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214. The clock starts ticking on the date of the collision. In the event that you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the victim’s death, per NY Estates, Powers & Trusts (EPT) §5-4.1.
There may be exceptions to these time limits that could require you to act sooner, such as a lawsuit against a municipality or a government agency. In either case, if you do not file your claim by the time the statute of limitations runs out, you may be barred from any amount of recovery via a lawsuit.
Types of Recoverable Damages
The types of damages that you may be able to recover in a distracted driving crash may depend on the details of your case, such as the seriousness of your injuries and the full extent of the financial losses you have suffered as a result.
While we cannot estimate the compensation you might be able to recover without first reviewing the details of your case, some common types of damages that may be recovered in cases like yours include:
- Ambulance rides
- Hospital stays
- Surgical procedures
- Wheelchairs and other assistive devices
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
If your loved one did not survive the distracted driving collision, your family may be able to pursue damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Some possible recoverable damages in this type of lawsuit include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical costs prior to your loved one’s death
- Benefits and wages previously provided by your loved one
- And more
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How Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Can Help
When we represent you, a distracted driving accident lawyer servicing Huntington from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can conduct a detailed investigation into the collision. During the investigation, we can look for different types of evidence that a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. This may include:
- Eyewitness statements
- Video surveillance
- Cell phone records
- Police report or officer testimony
Fortunately, it may not be necessary to prove that the driver was distracted to recover compensation. The responsible driver may be deemed liable for your injuries if there is evidence that their negligence caused your collision due to a violation of a traffic law, such as a failure to yield or an illegal turn. In some cases, we can work with car crash reconstruction experts who can analyze a crash and help us determine the cause.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can also calculate the value of your case, including your pain and suffering. We can use evidence of the value of your damages when we are negotiating with the insurance company to reach a settlement. If we cannot reach one, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Today
If you are recovering from injuries or mourning the loss of a loved one due to the negligent actions of a distracted driver, Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. may be able to help you.
A distracted driving accident lawyer in Huntington from our firm can manage all aspects of your case when we represent you. We handle cases on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.
To find out what your options are after a distracted driving collision in a free, no-risk review of your case with a member of our team, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900. Our staff can also assist callers in Spanish.