Despite numerous public safety campaigns designed to stop the dangerous habit, people continue to use their cellphones while driving. Texting and driving lead to thousands of serious and often fatal car accidents each year in the United States. New York, like many other states, has instituted laws prohibiting handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Unfortunately, motorists often ignore these laws and choose to text and drive anyway.
If you or a loved one was in an accident with a distracted driver who was texting while driving, Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will fight for the financial compensation you deserve. You could receive compensation for your lost income from missed work, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact a Brentwood texting while driving accident lawyer from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to get started on your claim. Call our office at (516) 932-0400 for a free, confidential case assessment.
The Dangers of Texting and Driving
Many people grossly underestimate just how dangerous it is to use a cellphone and drive. Motorists who are texting, answering emails, surfing the web, or otherwise using their cellphone while driving are much more likely to cause an auto accident than drivers who are paying close attention to their surroundings.
Some motorists assume that texting and driving are not that dangerous because they are only taking their eyes off the road for a few seconds at a time. In fact, a survey conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC) found that 30 percent of drivers aged 21-34 believe that texting while driving has no impact on their driving ability.
However, taking your attention away from driving—even for just a few seconds—can have disastrous consequences. If a driver is traveling at a speed of 70 miles per hour and they look down at their phone for as few as three seconds, they have traveled more than 300 feet without looking at the road. Of the many ways, this can be disastrous, some examples are veering into oncoming traffic, into parked cars or into other cars, bicyclists, motorcyclists, or pedestrians whose positions in the roadway relative to the texting person changed during that terrible lapse of attention to the road conditions and that flow of traffic.
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Holding Negligent Drivers Responsible
If you were involved in a car accident because of a distracted driver, a Brentwood texting while driving accident lawyer can help you hold the liable driver accountable and pursue compensation. You could receive compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses resulting from the accident
- Future medical needs caused by your injuries such as prescription medication, physical therapy, or mental health counseling
- Your lost income for the time you spent away from work
- Any impairment to your earning capacity after the accident
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
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Fatal Car Accidents from Texting and Driving
You may be researching your legal options because you have recently lost a family member in a texting while driving car accident. Losing a loved one in a car accident is a heartbreaking experience to endure, and we offer our most sincere, heartfelt condolences. Money could never make up for your tragic loss. Pursuing A wrongful death payout may alleviate some of the financial burdens your family is facing. Possibly, an appropriate settlement or verdict returned by a jury may provide a sense that, to some degree, justice was done. A wrongful death claim will seek to hold the at-fault driver accountable for the devastation they have caused. Through a wrongful death claim, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- The loss of your loved one’s income.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- The loss of your loved one’s care and companionship.
- Medical expenses incurred between the time of your loved one’s accident and their death.
How a Brentwood Texting While Driving Lawyer Can Help
Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. can help you pursue the compensation you and your family deserve after a car accident. We can assist you throughout the claims process so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
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Keeping You Updated as Your Case Progresses
If you suffered injuries in a car accident or your loved one was killed in a fatal collision, you may be unsure of what steps you need to take to pursue legal action against the at-fault driver. Our team will help you understand your rights and responsibilities. We will also make sure that you stay informed and up-to-date about your case as it develops.
Identifying the Liable Party or Parties
Determining who is at fault for a car accident is not always as easy as it may seem. This is especially true of accidents involving more than one liable party. We will investigate your case and identify all of the responsible parties in order to build a strong case for compensation.
Handling Communications and Paperwork
When you are recovering from an injury or grieving the loss of a loved one, dealing with insurance companies or defense lawyers or filling out paperwork are probably some of the last things on your mind. Our team will communicate with the other parties involved in your case and file the necessary legal paperwork on your behalf.
Gathering Evidence to Support Your Claim
Proving that another driver was at fault for an accident is often one of the most difficult parts of winning a car accident injury claim. Our team will gather as much relevant evidence as we can, such as photographs, video footage, and police reports, and use this evidence to support your claim.
We may also work with expert witnesses such as economists, medical experts, life care planners, and vocational rehabilitation specialists. These experts can provide professional opinions that strengthen your claim and substantiate your damages.
Identifying and Valuing Your Damages
Our team can help you identify all of the past, present, and future costs you incurred due to your accident. We can determine your case’s value and fight to get you a fair settlement.
Statute of Limitations and Other Time-Based Considerations for Personal Injury Claims in New York
New York places a “statute of limitations,” or time constraint, on car accident injury claims. If you do not file your claim in time, you may not be able to recover compensation under the statute of limitations set by New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules (CVP) §214. Our team makes sure appropriate action is taken in a timely manner so we can protect your right to recover by way of a lawsuit. Claims and lawsuits have deadlines in addition to the statute of limitations. We also make certain that the correct steps are taken within the time allotted.
It is important to be mindful of certain practical time-related considerations as well. Obtaining witness statements and video, from sources such as surveillance cameras or dash-cam, must be done as soon as possible as delay increases the likelihood that such evidence will become unavailable for a variety of reasons. The ultimate takeaway from these time-related concerns, whether they are legal rules about time limits or practical concerns about acting before witnesses or video “disappear,” is that, the sooner you contact us, the greater our ability to build the strongest case possible.
Call a Texting While Driving Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident with a distracted driver, a Brentwood texting while driving lawyer can help you pursue financial compensation for your damages. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. at (516) 932-0400 today for your free consultation.