Statistics have found that taking your eye off the road for a mere two seconds can result in an accident, and sending or receiving a text can cause a driver to take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. This would be comparable to driving the distance of a football field, at 55 mph, with your eyes closed. However, despite all the billboards and media attention that have recently been used to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving, there are many other forms of distracted driving that deserve our attention.
Here are five of the most common sources of distractions while driving:
- Car stereos and radios
- Passengers in the vehicle
- GPS devices and dashboard displays
- Drinking or eating
At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we take action against distracted drivers. Since 1980, our personal injury attorneys in NYC have worked hard to maximize compensation for people who have suffered serious injuries or the loss of a loved one at the hands of negligent drivers, whether those drivers had cellphones in their hands or succumbed to any other distraction. Proof of our commitment can be seen in our record of results.
Cellphones: The Most Common Cause Of Distracted Driving
One of the most common causes of distracted driving and resulting car accidents today is cellphone use. A study done at the University of Utah discovered that using a cellphone while driving produces the same delayed reaction a person would experience with .08 percent blood alcohol content. Distracted drivers calling or sending text messages instead of paying attention to the road are responsible for more and more of the cases we see at our law firm.
In fact, we make it a point to investigate this issue in most cases. While the negligent driver may not simply admit to what he or she was doing, cellphone records do not lie. We will get the records and if they show that a cellphone was being used, we will use that as evidence. Our New York City car accident lawyers take an aggressive approach to these cases. You deserve compensation, and distracted drivers deserve to be held accountable.
Our Winning Strategy For Distracted Driving Cases
Negligent drivers can be very creative in terms of the distractions they find to take their eyes off the road. Some are obvious: car stereos, food and beverages, makeup and maps. Others are less common: people driving with pets jumping around or people distracted by road rage. None of this is new to us. We have handled a wide variety of cases, and we have honed our ability to determine the cause through thorough investigation. Once we identify that the negligent driver was distracted, we use that information to build a legal strategy.
Next, we will bring your claim to the insurance company and ask for damage reparations. If it doesn’t want to pay you the amount you deserve, we will take your case to trial and settle the matter there. This has been our approach for years and, with it, we have achieved a series of major victories on our clients’ behalf. If you or a loved one has been affected by a distracted driving accident, don’t hesitate to contact our team of New York City injury attorneys and get the representation you deserve.
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