We all know that distracted driving, especially texting while driving, is a dangerous practice that could lead to catastrophic accidents. New York, like most of the other states, has enacted laws that are designed to address this very problem. In spite of these laws, it seems that far too many New Yorker’s have yet to receive this message. Or, if they did get the message in the form of a text sent to their phone, they have simply chosen to ignore it.
Recent studies indicate that despite the measure New York has taken to fight the texting behind the wheel problem (in addition to other forms of distracted driving), more people than ever are texting while behind the wheel. In fact, data released by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reveals that the number of texting citations has skyrocketed from approximately 9,000 in 2011 to nearly 85,000 in 2015.
Texting while behind the wheel is always a terrible idea. However, in the traffic-heavy roads of New York City, this form of driving distraction can seriously endanger others on the road, as well as the driver himself. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when a motorist engages in a dangerous action, such as running a red light, due to being distracted behind the wheel.
Common Injuries Caused by Texting and Driving Accidents
Unfortunately, texting and driving can result in serious accidents that involve catastrophic injuries. Some common injuries suffered by distracted driving accident victims include:
- Brain injury or other closed head injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Internal organ injuries
Regardless of what kind of injury you have suffered, it is important to realize that you may be entitled to compensation by the negligent motorist who chose to text or be distracted instead of keeping his or her attention on the road. In order to obtain the full compensation that you are entitled to, it is in your best interest to immediately consult with an experienced attorney who specifically handles these types of cases.
We Can Help You If Your Are Injured
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, you need to hire an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights. The Mullen Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call 201-420-1911.