Queens Cell Phone Accidents
Car accidents related to cell phone use has become a significant problem. In the past driver distractions have been primarily related to such things as eating, changing the radio station, kids or friends in the vehicle, and pets in the vehicle. Nowadays the term distracted driving almost always refers to driving while talking on a cell phone or texting. Drivers do not only talk on cell phones. It is common for drivers to use other features of their cell phones to attempt to read or type texts, search the internet, or even play games while the car is in motion. Thousands of people are seriously injured or die each year in accidents where cell phone usage was a factor. The victims of such accidents often suffer painful, devastating injuries with long recovery periods. Such injuries include a back or spinal cord injury which can lead to permanent mobility problems; or a head or brain injury which can lead to long-term cognitive problems. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because a driver who was distracted due to cell phone use caused an accident that left you or a loved one injured, contact an experienced Queens Cell Phone Accidents Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. In addition, if during the course of treating the injuries you suffered in the car accident, your doctor further injuries you by making a medical mistake, the person responsible for your car accident injuries may also be ordered to compensate you for the medical malpractice injuries.Cell Phone Use While Driving
Cell phone use while driving does not only include talking on a phone. Cell phone use and texting are general terms use to describe using an electronic device while driving. This means talking on a cell phone, sending or reading texts or emails, searching the internet, or playing a game. When using an electronic device the driver's eyes are not focused on the road, but on the electronic device. A few seconds of averting eyes from the road can lead to a collision.
In New York in accordance with New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1125-c it is against the law to use a mobile phone while driving. Similarly, under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1125-d it is against the law to drive while texting, using a laptop, pager, electronic game, tablet or any other portable electronic device. This means that if a driver is caught texting while driving, that driver will be fined. However, if the driver uses an electronic device while driving and as a result causes an accident, the financial consequences to the driver may gl beyond paying a fine and may include civil liability to the injured victim.Consequences of Cell Phone Vehicle Accidents
If a driver is not paying attention to the road and instead is focused on a phone conversation or is trying to type a text message, there is a good chance that that driver will cause an accident leaving another person with serious injuries. While the fines for violating New York Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibitions against driving while using a cell phone or portable electronic device are relatively minor, if distracted driving leads to injury the offender may be financially responsible to his or her injured victim in addition to be required to pay a fine.
If you were injured in an accident because of the negligence of a distracted driver, through a personal injury lawsuit there are number of different types of damages that you may be able to recover:
- Medical expenses. Medical expenses related to a serious injury can be astronomical. You will receive bills related to fees from doctors, the hospital, and the emergency room. With a severe injury these bills can easily add up to thousands and thousands of dollars. Your medical bills will provide evidence of how much compensation you are entitled to. Through a personal injury lawsuit not only can you sue for your past medical expenses, but you can also seek compensation for future medical expenses related to the accident.
- Lost wages. Like medical expenses, the amount of wages you lost while recovering from your injuries is an example of a financial loss that you can seek recovery for through a personal injury lawsuit. The amount of recovery would be the amount of money you would have earned but for the accident.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a damage award for the physical pain as well as emotional discomfort that you suffer because of your injury.
A personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the accident will not only hold that person accountable for his or her negligent acts but will also provide you and your family with needed financial relief. To ensure that your rights are protected it is important that you are represented by someone with experience representing victims of car accidents. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates has extensive experience representing clients injured in car accidents related to cell phone usage as well as other types of vehicle accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your car accident.