Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in New York. With the increase of handheld devices in the past couple of decades, more and more people are distracted by them while they are driving. This keeps their eyes off of the road for sometimes minutes at a time. In 2020 alone, there were 3,142 people killed by distracted drivers.
If you have been seriously hurt because of the negligence of another driver, you deserve justice. Our Queens injury lawyers have the skill and experience needed to bring justice to even the toughest of cases. Please give us a call today to set up your free consultation.
What is Considered Distracted Driving?
They say that when you look away from the road on the highway to answer a text, you can drive the length of a football field. That is an incredibly long time to go 55mph. It is no wonder why accidents happen so often due to distracted drivers. Driving requires the full attention of someone operating a vehicle.
Distracted driving can be categorized as texting, talking on a cellphone, eating, drinking, adjusting the stereo system, digging around for something in your car, and more. Essentially it involves any activity that takes your attention away from driving.
Typically, when someone is found to have been distracted while driving, they are going to bear the brunt of responsibility for the accident. They are likely to be the liable party from which you pursue your compensation.
These accidents happen every day. Some people are lucky to only end up in a fender bender, but sometimes, the consequences are fatal. We want to hear from you right away if you are seeking justice.
What a Lawyer Can Do for Your Claim
Your lawyer is going to be able to do a lot for your case. They have the ability to subpoena the driver’s cellphone records. This will let us see if they were texting or involved in a call around the time of the accident. We once had a client subpoena the records of a driver who was in a fifteen-minute text conversation back and forth with her boyfriend.
Your lawyer is also going to be able to find any available CCTV to show us the accident on the footage. We also have the ability to go to the scene of your accident to collect evidence.
In building your case to be as strong as possible, we often bring in experts to help us create your defense. From here, your lawyer is going to go back and forth with the liable party’s insurance company to negotiate an outcome for your compensation amount. You do not have to worry about this process at all.
If they continue to lowball us for your compensation award, we build our cases so that we would be ready to win a case in court if at all necessary. Insurance companies don’t want to go to court because it costs them more money, so having the threat of court looming over them may make them more cooperative.
Common Injuries Distracted Driving Causes
The following are two examples of cases we have represented:
We had one client who was driving down a side street. They approached an intersection where there was a one-way stop. They did not have a stop sign, but a driver who did blew through the stop sign and totaled our client’s car. We obtained CCTV footage from a nearby gas station that had a clear view of the driver reaching down towards their passenger seat floor before they slammed into our client.
Another case we had involved a cyclist getting mowed down by a driver who had swerved into the bike lane while they were trying to put together fast food on their lap. Our client was fortunate enough to serve from the accident, but they were living with debilitating injuries that left them disabled and likely never to ride a bike again.
Free Consultation with a Queens Injury Lawyer
If you have been seriously hurt in an accident caused by distracted driving, you deserve justice for all of the damages that you face. Please give our office a call to set up a free consultation with our skilled and dedicated Queens injury lawyers. You deserve every penny’s worth of compensation for the damages caused by a negligent driver. Do not wait to give us a call today.