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Texting while driving and cellphone usage in vehicles has drastically increased in the past few years. It is very common to see people on their phones while driving, attempting to multi-task and stay on pace with our frantic society. Unfortunately, it is these drivers who negligently take their attention off the road and cause devastating accidents.
If you have been injured by a driver who was talking on a cellphone or texting while driving, turn to our experienced personal injury lawyers at the offices of E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy. We are aggressive in our pursuit of justice and compensation for those suffering from injuries as a result of a distracted driver.
These injuries can range from minor to severe and include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, burns and other injuries. We are aggressive in our handling of these cases, as negligent drivers must be held accountable for the actions that lead to the accident. Contact us today to learn more about how our firm handles texting while driving accident cases.
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Texting While Driving Laws in New York
In the state of New York, texting while driving is strictly prohibited. The laws that were recently enacted to prevent texting while driving also include the reading of any text-based messages, such as e-mail and websites. The ban on texting while driving recently went into effect in New York and allows police officers to stop vehicles and ticket drivers who were texting while driving, even if that was their only offense.
Even though an official ban on texting while driving is recent, New York was one of the first states to ban the use of hand-held cellphones in vehicles.
Other In-Vehicle Distractions Can Cause Serious Accidents
While texting while driving and the use of cellphones in cars may be newer distractions, there have always been a number of in-vehicle distractions that often contributed to accidents. Any time someone takes their attention off the road, accidents can occur. Our firm not only handles texting while driving accidents, but also accidents stemming from distractions such as:
- Eating while driving
- Listening to headphones while driving
- Reading while driving
- Applying makeup while driving
- Distracted by other people in the car (such as with kids in the back seat or a teenage driver with a car full of friends)
Contact a Law Firm with Experience in Texting While Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver who was texting while driving or otherwise distracted, take action now to protect your rights. Contact us for a free personal injury consultation by phone or schedule a confidential in-person meeting with an attorney at one of our four convenient offices in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, or Saratoga Springs, NY. We are here to help you and your family through this difficult situation.