October 20, 2011
The Dangers of Driver Distractions in NYC
By Jonathan Damashek
A recent study released by the NYPD revealed that drivers who speed are no longer the ones we should be concerned about.
Instead, drivers who are distracted are more of an immediate concern.
The study was done in correspondence to a new city law that requires the information from every major crash to be posted. In August alone, the study showed that 541 car accidents were reported every day, totaling nearly 16,800 for the month.
11% of all accidents reported that driver inattention and distraction was the main cause of the accident, which equaled out to 1,877 accidents. Speed related accidents accounted for 197 car accidents the entire month.
The data, however, may be skewed due to the fact that it is collected to reflect citywide accidents, and traffic does not usually reach high or unsafe speeds in many areas. What the data may imply, though, is that these drivers may feel that because they are stuck in gridlock, they have the free time to talk on their cell phone, apply their makeup, eat, or do anything else besides for paying attention to the road.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident in the New York City area or a surrounding neighborhood, do not wait to get the legal help that you need, especially if your accident was caused by a distracted driver.
Driver distractions are everywhere; even having a passenger in your vehicle can lead you to become distracted while driving.
Simply because of this, it is important to speak to a New York City personal injury attorney after you have been involved in an accident.
Whether your vehicle was rear-ended or a side-impact collision has totaled your vehicle, HKD is the law firm to call. We have extensive experience as trial attorneys, and can use this to your advantage when filing a personal injury or car accident claim.
Contact a New York City personal injury lawyer from our office today.