Distracted Driving can encompass a number of different “activities” behind the wheel, whether that’s eating, playing around with in-car “info-tainment” systems, or any number of other distractions. However, it’s obvious that one “style” of Distracted Driving has become way more prevalent and deadly than others nowadays, and that’s talking and texting while driving. New York state laws related to cellphone use and driving make it clear that the lawmakers have taken a strong stand against distracted driving and cellphone use by drivers at the wheel. Penalties include fines and driver’s license violation points. Specifically, New York laws outlaw:
- The use of hand-held mobile telephones for any purpose other than to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency.
- The use of portable electronic devices, such as cellphones and smart phones, to send text messages or e-mails while driving.
The most basic component of a personal injury case is to prove that someone was negligent and you were harmed as a result. If you were injured in a car accident in New York, a thorough investigation of the crash should include a review of cellphone records. Evidence that the other driver was engaged in texting and cellphone use while driving can help strengthen your personal injury claim. This is true of taxicab drivers as well as private individuals.
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RGLZ Personal Injury Law has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients who were injured in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents in New York City and Long Island over decades of practice. All auto accident cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means you will pay no fees to us unless and until we recover compensation for you. So if you’ve been injured in a New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County Distracted Driving accident, we’re the people to speak to. To schedule a free consultation with one of our firm partners, call 866-639-5567 or contact us by e-mail. At RGLZ, we pride ourselves on giving our clients round the clock access.