Texting While Driving

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Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in New York. There are many distractions that can cause drivers to look away from the road, but one of the most common reasons is texting while driving. Many drivers try to send a quick reply to confirm plans or ask a question, but even a few seconds of distraction is all it takes to cause a serious accident. For this reason, the state of New York is cracking down on drivers who are texting behind the wheel. Despite the state’s efforts, drivers still are injured or even killed in accidents with distracted drivers. At Scarzafava & Basdekis, we have dedicated our careers to helping injured drivers get the justice and compensation they deserve.

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New York State Cell Phone Laws

In New York, a driver may not use a hand-held cellular device while on the road. This includes while stopped at traffic signals or in traffic. A driver who is caught breaking this law will be issued a traffic violation and a fine of up to $150. They will also receive 2 points on their driving record.

A hand-held device may be a number of devices under New York state law. These devices may include:

  • Cell phones
  • Laptops
  • Personal digital assistants (PDAs)
  • Pagers
  • Video game consoles
  • Any other portable computing or communications device

Exceptions to Cell Phone Laws

There are a few exceptions to the above law, which allow drivers to use their devices under specific circumstances. Drivers may use electronic devices which are built into their car, such as a dashboard computer. They also may use devices which are attached to the car and not in the driver’s hand, including dash-mounted GPS devices, hands-free cell phone accessories, and MP3 players that can be controlled by the vehicle’s audio controls. As long as the device is not in the driver’s hand, it may be used.

Drivers may use handheld devices under a very specific set of circumstances. These situations include times when the driver needs to make a call to report an emergency on the road, or when the driver must call a hospital or physician in the event of a personal emergency. Drivers are only able to make a phone call in these cases, and may not use other methods of communications such as text or email.

Protection for Injured Drivers - (607) 229-1885

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident with a driver who was texting, you are able to make a claim for compensation. Your injuries are important to consider, and you should receive compensation to cover your medical expenses caused by the accident. At Scarzafava & Basdekis, we understand how challenging this time can be, and we will be with you every step of the claims process. We are prepared to help you negotiate for a satisfying settlement, and we will even go to court on your behalf if it becomes necessary. Our Ostego County car accident attorneys are dedicated to your best interests.

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