New York readers are well aware that drunk driving can lead to serious accidents, leaving victims with serious or fatal injuries. However, recent studies have determined that texting and driving may actually put motorists at a higher risk of being involved in motor vehicle accidents than driving under the influence. While drunk driving is a serious issue, texting may be the greater danger.
Distracted drivers display some of the same behaviors attributed to drunk drivers. These include weaving in and out of lanes, braking and speeding erratically, and other bizarre behaviors. Texting typically takes the eyes of the average driver off the road for several seconds at a time. In fact, those who text and drive are six times more likely to be in a car accident than those who drink and drive.
When a driver demonstrates negligent or reckless behavior behind the wheel, it can leave individuals injured or dead. It may seem impossible to hold drivers accountable for cellphone use behind the wheel, but victims would be wise to explore their options for filing civil claims to seek financial compensation. Phone records and other evidence can be used to validate a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
New York motorists who have suffered because of the negligent or reckless actions of another person have certain rights that should be protected. With proper legal assistance, victims can understand all available legal options and proceed wisely. Distracted driving and drunk driving accidents are completely preventable, and victims do not have to suffer through their pain and suffering alone after these types of motor vehicle accidents.
Source: wbir.com, "Comparing drunk driving, texting behind the wheel", Kelsey Pape, June 12, 2015