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Texting While Driving: A Dangerous Form of Distracted Driving in New York

July 14th, 2017

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is one of the fastest-growing and most dangerous forms of distracted driving. Whether it’s driver negligence or other factors, texting while driving is responsible for taking thousands of lives every year. According to a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), looking away from the road for only two seconds while driving doubles the risk of accidents. Furthermore, engaging in talking or texting on the phone while driving doubles or triples the risk of accidents.

Some Facts about Texting While Driving

  • 1 out of every 4 car accidents that takes place in the US is caused by someone who was texting while driving.
  • Approximately 3,000 teens die each year due to accidents caused by texting while driving.
  • Use of cell phones causes about 1.6 million automobile crashes each year, taking about 6,000 lives.
  • Truck drivers indulging in texting and driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
  • Using a cell phone while driving delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.

New York’s Cell Phone Law

New York State prohibits the use of any hand-held device while driving on the road. A hand-held device can be a cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), laptop, pager, video game console or any other portable computing or communications device. Drivers having any of these devices in their vehicle are prohibited from using them in any way.

Violation of this law can lead to a ticket and a fine of up to $150. Additionally, the offender will have 2 points added to his or her driver’s license and driving record.

However, there are exceptions to this law. Drivers are allowed to use electronic devices such as dashboard computers built into their vehicles. It is also permissible to use hand-held devices such as GPS and MP3 players so long as they are not held in the driver’s hand but are attached to the vehicle itself.

The law also allows drivers to use their mobile phones during an emergency, or to contact their physician or a hospital in the event of a personal emergency while on the road.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to a distracted driver, we know what to do. We will fight for your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries. To speak to our car accident lawyers, call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email us at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

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