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Distracted driving in New York is common and dangerous

Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Swiftly moving vehicles, when driven errantly, can turn into missiles of destruction. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and those in other motor vehicles can all be put in harm's way by a negligent driver. Although defensive driving may help some avoid these devastating car accidents, it isn't always enough.

One reason defensive driving isn't enough is because distracted driving is becoming more common and more dangerous. According to statistics, more than 3,000 people were killed in wrecks in 2014 that involved distracted driving. One study even found that at any given point during the day, about 660,000 motorists are using a cell phone or another electronic device while driving. This is troubling for many reasons, but especially because taking one's eyes off the road for a mere five seconds means that a driver may not be watching the road for the length of a football field or more.

But cell phone usage isn't the only form of distracted driving. Motorists can be distracted by eating while driving, talking to other individuals in the vehicle, reading, grooming, watching videos and even fidgeting with the radio.

Tragically, far too many New Yorkers think that they can multitask while driving and cause an injurious accident as a result. Victims of these wrecks are often left with significant damages, which may include pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. Those facing these losses may find themselves fearful for their future and their financial well-being.

Yet, these victims may be able to find relief via a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who harmed them. If a victim can successfully show negligence and causation, then compensation may be awarded. This is often a contentious issue, though, meaning that car accident victims need to be prepared to enter the process with a strong legal position.

Source: Distraction.gov, "Facts and Statistics," accessed on March 12, 2017

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