Texting While Driving
Forty years ago texting didn’t exist so forty years ago the laws didn’t cover texting while driving. As the world changes, the law changes with it. In many states, New York included, laws have been imposed regarding texting while driving. It has been reported that people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash. Police officers are able to search cell phone records and figure out if a driver was using their cell phone during or before the car accident.
In October of 2013, a New Jersey woman was charged with homicide in a texting while driving accident which resulted in the death of a 58-year old man. New laws have been imposed to restrict drivers from texting while driving due to the high percentage of risk involved in texting while driving. Texting while driving makes a driver 23 times more likely to crash. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, texting while driving kills 11 teens each day. Officers are now able to obtain cell phone records in order to determine whether a driver was on their cell phone at the time, or immediately prior to an accident.
Texting While Driving Accidents
Serious injuries such as broken bones, permanent scarring and head trauma can occur from the negligent driving simultaneously tries to text, aka texting while driving accidents. Texting while driving causes 1,600,000 accidents per year ( National Safety Council), 330,000 injuries per year ( Harvard Center for Risk Anaylsis Study), 11 teen deaths every day and nearly 25% of all car accidents.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident because you believe another driver was texting while driving in New York, call Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson to discuss your claim.