Do you text and drive or eat while you are driving? You should stop that immediately as you could potentially be violating the law. Two years ago – roughly around this time – Governor Cuomo announced a crackdown on distracted driving to prevent what many officers, law officials, and public administrators have noted as a growing problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 were injured nationwide in distracted driving accidents in 2013. In addition to that, ten percent of all fatal accidents involved a driver who was classified as distracted.
Who Is a Distracted Driver?
It takes roughly five seconds to send a text. If you are going 55 mph, which is the standard limit on many NY highways, you should cover a football field in that time. Obviously, there is a lot that can go wrong here in that time and within that distance so it’s important to avoid texting and driving. However, texting and driving is just one instance of distracted driving. Here are several others:
- Eating fast food or another snack while you’re driving.
- Talking with others in the car while driving.
- Picking something up off the floor while driving.
- Tuning the radio while driving.
- Turning and addressing a child in the backseat while driving.
It’s important to avoid all of these instances whenever possible as you’re more likely to get into an accident. If you have been involved in an accident that was the fault of a distracted driver, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries as well as any damage sustained by your vehicle. The law firm of Harmon, Linder & Rogowsky reviews distracted driver cases all of the time to help victims defeat the insurance companies and receive the compensation they deserve. Contact their offices today to see that justice is served.