Bronx Texting and Driving Accident
Though breakthroughs in communications technology have been a boon to most of us, they can bring adverse consequences. Today, more than 90% of adults in the U.S. have cell phones, and about 77% of us own a smartphone. And that doesn't even include tablets. We send more than 6 billion messages per day in the United States. Texting on phones and tablets has become a quick and efficient way to communicate, but many people have trouble compartmentalizing their texting; some try to multi-task while driving, which often has disastrous and even fatal results. If you have been injured by a texting driver, contact a Bronx texting and driving accident lawyer to protect your rights.
Here in the Bronx, we are texting, shopping on the Internet, playing computer games and using countless apps as much as the rest of the country, which leaves us at great risk of having car accidents. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's findings that it takes 4.6 seconds on average to send or receive a text, need to be put into context. That's 4.6 seconds without watching the road; that's driving a football field with your eyes shut at 55 mph. Experienced Bronx personal injury attorney can tell you that texting and driving causes deadly accidents.New York Law Prohibits the Use of Handheld Cell Phones While Driving
New York Vehicle and Traffic Law sections 1125-c and 1125-d make it illegal to text, play games or use apps on a phone or tablet while driving - or to even talk using a handheld device for that matter. However, the penalties for texting while driving are only fines and points. But should the texting driver cause an accident, they can be held responsible.
Many people are guilty of this dangerous habit both in the Bronx and elsewhere. Nine people are killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by distractions every day in this country, and texting in cars is one of the deadliest distractions of our time. You could be seriously injured an accident, because the other driver was too busy texting to pay attention to the road. You could also be the passenger in a car where the driver is texting and putting your life at risk. Either way, you have legal recourse to be compensated for your losses under New York law if you are injured. You could suffer broken bones or even a brain injury or quadriplegia. Texting while driving is even the cause of many wrongful deaths.Protect Your Rights if You Are Injured by a Driver Who Was Texting
If you suffer a personal injury due to someone else negligently texting, protect your rights by contacting a good Bronx texting and driving accident lawyer. Your attorney can advise you of your options for being compensated for your injuries and damages to your car. They can also interview witnesses while memories are fresh and make sure your case if filed on time. If you miss the deadline for filing your personal injury case, you will never be compensated. Medical expenses and other bills will then be yours to bear alone. Even though it may be difficult to talk to a lawyer when you are recovering from an accident, it is important that you do.Compensation You Can Receive if You Are Injured by a Texting Driver
If your Bronx attorney can show a defendant was negligent or reckless by texting and driving, and this negligence caused you injury, you may be able to recover
- Current and future medical expenses including medical equipment, therapy and pharmaceutical costs. Medical expenses today often bankrupt people, and your injuries could cause you to need medical care for years to come. That is something to consider when deciding whether or not to file a civil action.
- Lost wages both current and future, and loss of earning capacity. If you took sick days, because of the accident, you may be compensated for their value.
- Compensation for damage to your car and other property
- Award for pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
If you are injured, you have enough on your mind without worrying about soaring medical costs. And you shouldn't have that worry. Of course, if a family member died in the accident, your attorney can file a wrongful death suit in court here in the Bronx. You can never be compensated for the loss of a loved one, but their death could leave you with medical bills, funeral expenses and lack of support.Bronx Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer
A personal injury lawsuit against a driver who was negligently texting and caused your injuries and other losses will hold that person responsible, but more importantly, will provide you with the financial resources you need to try to recover. Make sure you contact a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in cases of this kind. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have extensive experience representing clients injured in head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side collisions, sideswipe collisions as well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve individuals hurt in car accidents in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.