Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Distracted driving car accidents caused by such diversions as a driver adjusting the radio, looking at a map, eating or talking to passengers have long been a danger on American roads. But in recent years, drivers who talk on cell phones, text while driving or use other electronic devices have made distracted driving a leading factor in car accident injuries and deaths in New York and across the country.
At Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, we represent people in Binghamton and surrounding areas of New York’s Southern Tier who have been hurt in car accidents that were caused by distracted driving. Our firm’s commitment is to provide quality legal services while treating each client with care and respect. We will work together to decide whether it is better to fight a case in court or pursue a settlement in order to obtain the financial recovery that you deserve.
Contact our distracted driving car accident lawyer online today or call our Binghamton office at (607) 304-4121 for a free consultation. Our responsibility is to help you in your time of need. We return all calls every day, usually within the hour – even on weekends. We will fight for you!
Hurt by a Distracted Driver? Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, Can Help!
- We are prepared to fully investigate your accident to determine what really happened and who should be held liable.
- We can help you secure the proper medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries.
- We can consult with economic experts to calculate the full extent of your losses, including lost income and diminished earning capacity, as well as medical and rehabilitation expenses.
- We can deal with the insurance companies, courts and others involved in the matter while you focus on your health and your life.
Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has earned a reputation for getting results for people who have been injured by distracted drivers in Binghamton and elsewhere in New York’s Southern Tier. He is prepared to assist you right now.
Getting our firm involved early could be of great benefit to you in your distracted driving car accident case. Not only can we make sure no deadlines are missed, but we handle the crucial legal and evidentiary issues, while you focus on your health and recovery. We are proud to have the highest possible rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier peer review rating service for attorneys. Our achievements are based on our personal commitment and dedication to those we represent.
Distracted Driving: A Growing Problem on New York Roads
Data in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show that more than 3,300 people were killed in car crashes that involved distracted driving in a single recent year. Cell phone use was indicated as a contributing factor in 12 percent of the fatal distracted driving crashes. Other data suggest an estimated 393,355 people were injured in distracted driving crashes, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.
Despite laws that make texting while driving and the use of handheld cell phones behind the wheel illegal, distracted drivers persist in this recklessness. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident caused by distracted driving, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can work with you to obtain justice.
What is the definition of distracted driving? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” This includes:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or iPod
- Using a GPS navigation system
- Reading, including maps
- Talking to passengers
- Tending to children
- Eating and drinking
NHTSA says that “because text messaging requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.”
A study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent – at a speed of 55 mph – of driving the length of an entire football field blind. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times greater than driving while not distracted, the study reported.
Using a cell phone for talking while driving is dangerous as well, according to the study, and hands-free cell phones are not substantially safer than using a handheld phone behind the wheel.
Statistics also show that the risk of being in a crash are 3.9 time higher while sending or receiving a text message, 8.0 times higher when reaching for objects and 3.0 times higher while eating or drinking.
There are many other studies of distracted driving, all detailing the risk and/or the numerous injuries and deaths caused by distracted drivers. Learn how to talk to teens about distracted driving here.
The law has begun to catch up with the potentially deadly practice of texting while driving and cellphone use behind the wheel. New York is among 41 U.S. jurisdictions that ban text messaging by all drivers. New York and 10 other states also prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.
Contact Our Binghamton Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Binghamton or anywhere in New York, and you believe distracted driving played a role, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, today for a free review of your case. You may be eligible for compensation to help you with medical expenses, property damage and other losses.
Our car accident lawyer and investigators can thoroughly examine your crash. If the evidence shows that another driver caused your serious injuries, we can, with the help of accident reconstruction and economic experts, develop a convincing case that shows what happened and the compensation you are due. Then we will be ready to negotiate with insurance companies or go to court to get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to recover.
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