Hudson Valley Personal Injury Lawyers Helping Victims of Distracted Driving Car Accidents
We’ve all been tempted by the sound of an incoming call or text while behind the wheel. It can be difficult to resist the urge to read and reply to important work emails or personal messages from loved ones, even knowing the risks posed by texting while driving. Unfortunately, thousands of drivers across New York are unable to resist this urge, and the result has been a dramatic uptick in serious and fatal accidents caused by distracted driving.
If you or a loved one has suffered major injuries in a crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to money damages for your lost income, medical costs, property damage, and pain and suffering. Get professional and knowledgeable legal help in recovering what you’re owed. As soon as possible after an accident, contact the skilled and experienced Hudson Valley auto accident lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a consultation.
Safety experts believe distracted driving is vastly underestimated
Distractions have become the norm on New York roads, with many drivers overestimating their ability to multi-task while behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 10% of all fatal accidents are attributable to distracted driving. However, many experts believe that this percentage is not an accurate representation of the true number of fatal accidents caused by distracted driving. In a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety using dash cam footage taken immediately before an accident, 58% of teen drivers were observed engaging in a distracted behavior in the moments before the crash. In 25% of all crashes, drivers did not exhibit a reaction before the crash—indicating that they had not been watching the road closely enough to realize that a crash was about to occur. This is an increase of 12% from a similar 2008 study.
Distracted driving not just dangerous, but illegal
Due to the serious risks it poses, New York has enacted strict laws that make texting while driving illegal. If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a distracted driver, these criminal charges can help make your case for money damages even stronger. Even where drivers haven’t faced criminal charges for their behavior, the skilled investigators at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP can use evidence such as eyewitness testimony, accident scene reconstruction, and security or red light camera footage to prove to a jury that the driver who caused a crash was recklessly ignoring the road in favor of their phone or another distraction. Let us help you get the financial assistance you need to recover from a crash.
Help is Available after Hudson Valley Distracted Driving Car Accidents
For assistance recovering for your injuries after an accident, contact the dedicated, effective, and trial-ready Hudson Valley personal injury lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a consultation on your case, in Marlboro at 845-236-4411, or in Kingston at 845-331-4100.