Distracted Drivers in NYC

When the other driver is distracted by an electronic device, putting on makeup, eating, talking, arguing or other distracting behavior, their ability to drive safely is greatly reduced. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a distracted driver, Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., can help. New York City car accident attorneys at our firm have a combined 75 years of experience in getting financial awards for the injured, and we can evaluate your car accident claim to determine how to press forward with a claim to recover damages.

Visual, Manual, & Cognitive Distractions

The first and most critical step in any car accident case is to contact us so that we can evaluate your case. Our state’s no-fault insurance can make the process slightly more complex – you have the right to file a lawsuit when serious injuries have taken place. Evaluating your personal situation should be done immediately after the accident so that we carefully protect all the evidence and your right to file a claim against the negligent driver. Never allow an insurance company access to your medical records without first getting legal representation. How this process is managed from the beginning can have a significant impact on the outcome of your injury claim.

Our firm is committed to seeking the maximum possible compensation for our clients, and we have an extensive history of recovering high-value awards in all types of car accident cases, including those in which a distracted driver was at fault. We can evaluate your case and advise you what can be done to proceed with your claim, and how we will manage it for you. This will allow you the time to recover while we fight on your behalf, whether in negotiating with the insurance company or in court. We press for all damages that you deserve, including both economic and non-economic losses.

Driving and Phone Use in New York

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 emotionally-charged conversations 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.

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Driving While Texting in NY

Those who violate the law and use their smartphones to text message are putting other innocent drivers at risk. There has been a huge increase in serious injury accidents that were determined to have the underlying cause of negligence by a driver who chose to focus on their electronic device rather than the streets or highways. This negligent driving behavior has caused very serious injury accidents and innocent victims pay the price of their wrongdoing. In any such case, it is imperative that you contact Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., to assist you in the legal process of filing a claim against the negligent driver.

It is Illegal in Entire State of New York

Everyone has seen the signs and ads promoting the importance of staying off your cellphone while you are driving. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous and reduces the reaction time a driver has when they encounter a problem. Although it may be obvious to some that taking your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to send or read a text is probably not the best idea, many people still do it.

As of 2011, New York police officers have become incredibly diligent about issued texting while driving (TWD) tickets. Authorities estimate that more than double the tickets were issued in 2011 than in 2010. It is considered a primary traffic offense to be texting while driving and can result in three points against your record. Victims of car accidents whose offender was texting and distracted at the moment of the collision, should understand that they have a right to compensation.

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Receiving Compensation from a Distracted Driver

Have you been involved in a crash with a distracted driver? Because of the lack of attention to the road, distracted drivers can cause very serious accidents. In a study, it was found that drivers who were distracted are actually four times more likely to be involved in a collision than drivers who are not distracted. If you were hit by a distracted driver and are now suffering injuries, loss of wages, and costly repairs to your car, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., will provide you with representation and fight hard for your compensation. Contact us today at (212) 490-5700 to receive a free case evaluation.

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