What Your New York Accident Attorney Wants You to Know About Texting and Driving

The driver who was texting at the time of your accident may not have meant to hurt you, but he did. Most people who text and drive believe that they are capable of multitasking and that they will not cause an accident. They are wrong, but they are not alone.

Distracted Driving Facts

Earlier this year, Consumer Reports released a poll that found that only 30% of young people believe that texting and driving is dangerous. Yet, according to the federal government:
  • 5,474 people were killed and approximately 448,000 were injured during 2009 because of distracted drivers.
  • The 16- to 20-year-old age group has the highest proportion of distracted driving fatalities, with 16% of all under age 20 driver fatalities being caused by distracted driving.
  • The percentage of fatalities attributable to distracted driving increased significantly from 2005 - 2009.

Why is Distracted Driving Dangerous?

According to the University of Utah, using a cell phone while driving delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol level at the legal limit of 0.08%. Texting is arguably more dangerous because it not only diverts a driver's attention from driving safely, but it also diverts the driver's eyes from the road and hands from the steering wheel.

Why You Need a New York Accident Attorney After a Texting Accident

A New York texting accident may seem like an easy case to you as the person who was injured or the survivor of someone who was killed in the crash. However, distracted driving cases proceed the same way as other types of New York car accident cases. You will still need to negotiate with the insurance company and/or file a lawsuit to recover your damages. For that reason, you need an experienced New York personal injury lawyer to help you and to make sure that all of your rights are protected.

For more information about how a New York accident lawyer can help you, please call 1-800-PAGAN-911 for a free consultation.