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When distracted drivers cause death and destruction

Distracted drivers always caused motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, the growth of cell phone use while driving has caused the number of such accidents to climb.

A car is a 4,000-pound weapon. When a careless driver chooses to drive that weapon while distracted and injures or kills someone, the personal injury lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson work hard to obtain justice.

We are vigilant in our efforts to protect the rights of injured clients. We thoroughly investigate every auto accident and truck accident case, including examining whether phone or electronics use played a role.

Common distractions on the road

New York law prohibits holding an electronic device and:

  • Talking on a handheld mobile telephone
  • Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving electronic data, such as e-mail, text messages or web pages
  • Viewing, taking or transmitting images
  • Playing games

These distractions cause vehicle operators to drive with only one hand, take their eyes off the road, fail to keep a proper lookout and drive erratically.

Beginning June 1, 2013, the penalty for violating the law is a $50 to $150 fine and five points on your driver license (which usually results in higher insurance premiums).  A driver can be stopped just for using the phone or device.

However the civil penalties are even harsher because the liable driver and/or the driver’s insurance company must compensate any victim injured by the distracted driving. In many cases, the employer of workers who talk while driving can be held liable if on-the-job phone use results in an accident.

Young drivers are at greatest risk

Driving while distracted is never safe, but for new, inexperienced drivers, the combination of phones and driving can more easily lead to disaster. Teen drivers are even more greatly influenced by distractions and less able to respond to sudden events on the road. A study showed one in four American teen drivers admits to texting while driving, and 40 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds say they have been in a car in which a teen driver used a cell phone in a dangerous way.

The accident attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson are persistent in holding negligent drivers accountable. By representing injured clients to the fullest and achieving solid results, our lawyers strive to further publicize the dangers of distracted driving.

When you need an auto accident lawyer you can depend on

In 2010, 3,092 people died in crashes involving distracted drivers. Another 416,000 were injured, according to government statistics. If you or a loved one has become a statistic, contact Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson online or at 888.746.8212 for a free consultation. We know the law and how to put it to work for you.


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