New York Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Distracted Driving Accident Claims
Distracted driving is a huge concern for everyone on the road. Despite laws against it, drivers routinely use mobile devices, such as cellphones, GPS systems, and tablet computers, while at the wheel. During traffic jams, drivers sitting for long periods may be able to access such devices with little risk involved. However, when traffic is moving, a driver must give full attention to his or her surroundings, including stop signs and red lights, curves in the road, and the movements of other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, to name a few potential hazards.
If you’ve been injured due to a careless or distracted driver, our New York distracted driving lawyer at The Paris Law Group, PC can look into your case. We understand how to investigate distracted driving claims in order to determine exactly what happened and who is at fault.
Contact our team online or schedule a free initial consultation by calling us at (888) 365-4940 today. Se habla español.
What is Considered Distracted Driving
While some may be aware of the dangers of texting behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.”
Distractions can be classified as either visual, manual or cognitive and include:
- All cellphone use while driving
- Disciplining children while driving
- Interacting with other passengers
- Grooming oneself (doing hair or make-up)
- Checking maps
- Operating navigation systems
- Watching videos
- Adjusting CDs or radio stations
- Adjusting temperature settings inside a vehicle
- Eating and drinking
Visual distractions occur when drivers’ eyes leave the road as they attempt another task. One example is spilling a coffee while driving, so they glance down at the damage and run off the road.
Manual distractions involve drivers’ hands being off the wheel as they do something like change a radio station or dig around in a purse.
Cognitive distractions occur when drivers stop concentrating on driving because their minds are occupied elsewhere. It could be something like thinking about a fight with a spouse or parent or what to cook for dinner, but driving is no longer paramount.
Texting While Driving
Texting is particularly egregious because it involves the entire trio of distraction simultaneously. This is why texting has such a bad reputation: it always involves all three types of distraction, all at once. Researchers at the University of Utah discovered that conversing on a cellphone increases the risk of an accident by four times, similar to the rates of accidents by drunk drivers. For those texting, the rate jumps to eight times the risk.
The average sent or received text distracts drivers for approximately five seconds. When traveling at highway speeds, that time represents distances of around 300 feet wherein the car essentially driving itself. If you have been injured or lost a loved on to a distracted driver, a New York City distracted driving accident attorney may be able to get you compensation through the courts.
Damages in Distracted Driving Cases
Unfortunately, because distracted drivers are often unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid an accident, distracted driving collisions are frequently catastrophic. Those involved tend to sustain severe, life-altering injuries which can—and often do—have an immense impact on nearly every aspect of the victim’s life. The cost of treating these injuries can be exorbitant, often costing victims and their families hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars over the course of their lifetimes.
At The Paris Law Group, PC, we fight to recover compensation for victims of distracted driving accidents. Our New York distracted driving lawyer works with a team of accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and other professionals in order to create a clear, comprehensive picture of your losses. From there, he fights tirelessly for the maximum compensation you are owed.
Our team can help you seek compensation for the following damages:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency room and hospital fees
- Surgeries and other treatments
- Ongoing medical care
- Future medical care costs
- Medical equipment and devices
- Modifications to your home
- Lost income/wages
- Lost future earnings
- Disability/lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, etc.
- Counseling services
Every case is different, so the exact damages in your case will depend on the specific factors involved. Our team can help you understand your legal rights and options during a free initial consultation.
How We Investigate Distracted Driving Claims
If you were injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, part of a thorough investigation should include a review of any evidence that a driver was distracted while texting, changing radio stations, engaging in heated discussions with passengers, etc. We can subpoena cell phone records, interview eyewitnesses, and review police reports in search of likely causes. If we uncover evidence of distracted driving, we are prepared to use this information as we prepare compelling arguments on your behalf.
Time and again, we have successfully recovered substantial compensation for clients who were injured because of distracted driving. We have represented drivers, passengers, passengers in a car with a distracted driver at the wheel, pedestrians, and bicyclists. We are prepared to use our skills on behalf of the seriously injured, regardless of the circumstances of your accident.
Contact The Paris Law Group, PC
A skilled and experienced New York distracted driving attorney, Jason Paris is a member of the Board of Directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list and has successfully secured millions of dollars for his clients.
Contact The Paris Law Group, PC online or call our office at (888) 365-4940 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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