Texting/Talking On Cells Leading Cause of Crashes in New York

by emallernee | October 17th, 2011

October 14, 2011

New data from the New York Police Department shows that there was an average of 541 car accidents each day in August, and most of them can be blamed on drivers who were talking or texting on their cell phones.

“Without a doubt the new technology that we have has created a lot more opportunity for distraction,” said AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair Jr.

More specifically, texting and talking caused 11 percent of the car accidents — 1,877 accidents — that occurred in August.

These numbers are being reported by sources like The New York Daily News because of a new city law requiring major car crash data to be released each month.

“New Yorkers don’t want to waste a second,” Councilwman Jessica Lappin told The New York Daily News. “I still see people still talking on their phone and texting while driving when they are stopped at a red light.”

Here are some more tidbits from the report: Tailgating motorists caused 812 crashes in August; drivers who failed to yield the right of way caused 629 crashes; speeding drivers caused 197 crashes; and 19 crashes were caused by a rowdy passenger.

Fifteen people died in August, including three motorists, three passengers, three bicyclists and three pedestrians.

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York auto accident, the New York accident lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help you.