New York Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
Distracted driving is likely the leading cause of collisions in the U.S. Nearly all drivers engage in some form of distracted driving every time they get behind the wheel. Whether it is turning on the radio, adjusting the side view mirrors, or daydreaming while navigating a heavily trafficked intersection, distracted driving increases the likelihood of a crash. If you were injured in a collision caused by a distracted driver, the New York distracted driving accident lawyers at Cohan Law Firm are ready to take on your case, establish fault with the negligent driver, and fight for every dollar that you are owed.
The Worst Forms of Distracted Driving
There are certainly “worse” types, meaning more dangerous and likely to cause a crash, of distracted driving than others. These include:
- Texting, including looking at texts or using voice to text
- Using GPS
- Talking on the phone (hands free or not)
- Watching TV, movies, or videos
- Emailing, taking pictures, using social media, or using a phone for any other purpose
- Applying makeup
Other Examples of Distracted Driving
Engaging in any action other than driving is considered distracted driving, as it takes either the driver’s hands, eyes, or mind (or all three) away from the task of driving. While it is not illegal to talk to a passenger, it does increase the chances of a crash to some degree. Other examples of distracted driving include:
- Eating or drinking
- Reaching for objects in the car
- Adjusting the radio or music
- Staring out the side window
- Attending to children
- Petting or attending to pets (or driving with a pet in the front seat)
Proving Distracted Driving is Usually Unnecessary
It is a rare personal injury claim that requires proof that the at-fault party was driving distracted. Instead of proving why the crash happened (distracted driving is just one example), it is more important to prove how the crash happened. For example, if a driver crossed the double yellow centerline and hit an oncoming vehicle, it probably is not necessary to prove that the driver was looking down at their phone; the fact that they crossed over into the other lane and caused a head-on collision is enough. But in some cases, it may be necessary to go a step further and show that the defendant was distracted at the time of the crash. For example, in rare cases, the court might subpoena the defendant’s phone records to prove that they were texting and driving. An experienced attorney is essential in making this happen.
Call a New York Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer Today
While we are all guilty of driving distracted from time to time, those who cause crashes while doing so can be sued in civil court for compensation. Your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages should be paid for by the at fault party. If you were injured because of another person’s poor choice, call the New York distracted driving accident attorneys at Cohan Law Firm at 855-855-0321 today for a complimentary consultation.