Our Firm Represents Victims Injured By Distracted Drivers
Why Is Distracted Driving a Concern?
The New York Police reported that distracted driving factored into about 30 percent of accidents in the five boroughs during 2020. Even when other potential causes exist, it is prudent to see if the driver was paying proper attention when the crash occurred. At the Marcowitz Law Firm, PLLC in Lower Manhattan and Nyack, Eddie Marcowitz is a New York City distracted driving accidents attorney who helps plaintiffs get compensation after they’ve been hit by a careless motorist.
Examples of Distracted Driving
Numerous types of in-car distractions cause serious accidents, including:
- Cell phones — Texting, dialing, playing games, watching videos and other cell phone activities are illegal under New York law. People who choose to use hand-held devices should be held accountable if they cause a crash.
- Eating and drinking — In a busy world, many people try to consume meals behind the wheel. This not only diverts a motorist’s attention, but can limit their ability to react physically if a sudden danger arises.
- GPS screens and other dashboard features — Whether someone is driving for personal use or working for a rideshare service, it’s easy to focus too heavily on the GPS rather than the actual road. Likewise, screens used to control audio systems and other features can be dangerous distractions.
- Grooming — Applying makeup, changing clothes or checking hair in the rear-view mirror puts everyone on the road at risk.
- Conversations — Settling children down or getting caught up in a conversation could lead a driver to miss something they need to notice in order to avoid a collision.
No matter what type of distraction affected the driver in your case, Attorney Eddie Marcowitz will fight to maximize your financial recovery.
Can You Sue Someone for a Distracted Driving Injury?
Under New York’s no-fault system, each resident with auto insurance should have at least $50,000 of coverage, which can reimburse clients for medical expenses and certain other costs regardless of who caused the crash. Hospital bills and other crash-related expenses can pile up quickly, however, and you can sue the distracted driver directly if you suffer a serious injury. Lawsuits must be filed within three years of the accident, but the faster you seek legal help, the faster you can collect a financial recovery. Whether you suffered broken bones, whiplash or some other type of injury due to an inattentive motorist, Eddie Marcowitz will fight for a fair result.
What Is Needed for a Distracted Driving Lawsuit?
Though the state’s Vehicle and Traffic Law does address distracted driving, you can succeed on a negligence claim even if the defendant was not cited by police. Our firm has three decades of experience handling cases stemming from car accidents in New York and can gather the evidence needed to make a compelling argument during negotiations and in court.
If You Were Injured in an Accident Caused by a Distracted Driver, You May Be Eligible for Compensation
The Marcowitz Law Firm, PLLC has represented many plaintiffs injured by distracted drivers. To make an appointment for your free initial consultation, please call 718-529-4040 or contact us online. We have offices located in Lower Manhattan and Nyack, NY but we service clients nationwide.