Distracted driving is the number one cause of accidents in New York and across the United States. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is when a driver diverts his or her attention from the primary task of driving to focus on another activity. The NHTSA reports that distracted driving caused 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries across the country in 2015. According to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, distracted driving contributed to 19.1 percent of all crashes and 10.4 percent of all fatal crashes in New York in 2014.
Distracted driving includes:
- Using phone (texting, calling, talking)
- Adjusting radio
- Turning back to comfort a child in a car seat
- Reaching out for an object
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Emotional distraction
- Watching a video
- Applying makeup
- Drinking or eating
If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s distracted driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible. With an experienced car accident attorney by your side, you have a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
The law firm of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. in White Plains has over 55 years of experience helping car accident victims. Our car accident lawyers can negotiate with insurance agencies and obtain compensation. Call 718-619-4215 for a free consultation.