Texting While Driving
Get Help from Ostego County Car Accident Lawyers- (607) 229-1885
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.
Contact our Ostego County
auto accident attorneys to learn how we can help with your claim. Call (607) 229-1885.
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
- Personal digital assistants (PDAs)
- 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.
Contact our team today to request a free initial consultation by calling (607) 229-1885