Are smartphones to blame for distracted driving in New York City?

by William Mattar | May 16th, 2018

Smartphones are one cause of distracted driving in New York City. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, in the U.S. nine people are killed every day in accidents involving distracted drivers.

Distracted driving can be visual, manual or cognitive. Visual distracted driving happens when NYC drivers take their eyes off the road, even for a second. Manual distracted driving is taking hands off the wheel and cognitive distracted driving is simply not paying attention to driving. In addition to using smartphones, NYC drivers who eat, talk on cell phones, play with their GPS or turn around to talk to passengers in the back seat are guilty of distracted driving.

Since the speed limit in NYC is 25 miles per hour, most accidents involving a distracted driver hitting another vehicle results in minor injuries or damages. Outside of NYC, distracted driving accidents occurring on interstates and highways are much more serious. Texting while driving 55 miles per hour on a highway is just one of the dangerous scenarios distracted drivers create. Looking away from the road and down at a phone even for a second can cause a distracted driver to swerve into another lane and smash into one or multiple vehicles.

Although a distracted driver may try to put the blame of an accident on eating, talking to passengers or texting, distracted driving is no excuse. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a distracted driver, compensation may be available. Call William Mattar today to speak with our car accident lawyers and learn more about getting the justice you deserve.