Queens Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Like most cities near New York City, traffic in Queens can be intense. Driver inattention, distraction, and negligence can easily lead to a devastating car accident in the blink of an eye. Stop-and-go traffic is a common setting for distracted driving car accidents, as mobile use continues to increase behind the wheel. Going at a slow speed, this kind of distraction can critically injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists. Going at a fast speed, it can cause catastrophic collisions.
Queens, NY Distracted Driving Accidents
Driver distraction has been a growing problem nationwide. As the rate of mobile technology use increases, so does the rate of car accidents. Out of 254,829 total crashes in New York in 2014, driver inattention and distraction were the leading cause of 48,774 of them – or 19.1%. Of these accidents, 100 were fatal and 24,201 involved personal injuries. The leading causes of driver distraction in these cases were, in order from first to last:
- Outside car distraction
- Passenger distraction
- Cell phone use (handheld)
- Other electronic device use
- Eating or drinking
- Cell phone use (hands-free)
Outside car distraction accounted for 924 accidents, while digital distraction accounted for 1,037 accidents altogether, including headphone use and onboard navigational systems. Digital distraction is a very real problem for today’s drivers, especially when vehicles are temporarily stopped at traffic lights or in traffic. Drivers may take their eyes away from the road to send a text or read a message, and suddenly they’re going through a red light or failing to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk. These accidents can happen in a split second and are completely preventable.
Common Distracted Driving Accident Injuries
Distracted driving accidents can be severe, especially when they involve pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. Drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road often don’t have time to hit their brakes before impact, leading to a higher-speed collision and more severe injuries. These drivers often fail to yield the right-of-way and cut other drivers off while making left turns. All these factors contribute to the high rate of injury with these crashes.
A personal injury case in New York must meet a serious injury threshold to be an exception to our state’s no-fault accident rules. The no-fault rule restricts accident victims whose injuries do not meet the threshold to receiving a settlement from his or her insurance company. To qualify as an exception, your injuries must:
- Significantly limit the use of body systems or functions
- Permanently limit the use of body organs or members
- Lead to full disability for at least 90 days
- Include bone fracture
- Result in significant disfigurement
Typical car accident injuries vary greatly and can result in anything from paraplegia to permanent brain damage. If a distracted driver caused significant injury to you or a loved one, you have the right to seek compensation in court for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and loss of consortium, if applicable.
File a case for Injuries caused by a Distracted Driving Accident in Queens
No matter what type of injury you sustain in a distracted driving accident, you should call the Law Offices of Omrani & Taub, P.C., for a consultation. Our Queens personal injury lawyers can help negotiate your case in your best interest, with insurance companies and in court. If your injuries qualify you to file a claim against a negligent defendant, your attorney will walk you through the claims process and begin gathering evidence against the at-fault driver.
To win a settlement for a car accident case in Queens, you need the help of a competent attorney. Call Omrani & Taub, P.C., at (212) LAW-SUIT or (718) 714-1515 for a free personal injury consultation with one of our lead attorneys.