In New York, it is illegal to use your cellphone in any manner while you drive. This can include texting, talking on your phone without a hands-free device, checking email, voicemail, changing a song or using a GPS map feature on your phone. If you decide that you want to speak on your phone while you drive, you must use a hands-free device or a text-to-speech option on your cell. If you have caught violating this law, it may cost you two points on your driving record and large fines.
Talking on your cellphone while driving is a form of distracted driving that takes your focus off the road and onto another action. Drivers who are engaged in emotional-charged conversation are more likely to cause an accident than those who are not. Not only is it distracting for a driver to be talking on a phone, but it also takes one hand off the wheel and decreases the reaction time for the driver. If you were hit by a driver who was distracted from talking on a cellphone or not using a hands-free device, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
After an accident, you may have a lot of questions regarding your future and your compensation. Our New York City personal injury attorneys are here to provide you with answers. If an accident caused serious physical and emotional damage, you may be facing an onslaught of doctor’s bills, therapy and extensive recovery time. The state of New York has banned all drivers from talking on a cellphone and it is important that regardless of the age, car they were driving or if they were a commercial vehicle operator, that you receive compensation. Do not let these damages go unrepresented.