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Texting and driving is on the rise in New York

As if the streets of New York were not already dangerous, new research shows that two-thirds of Americans admit to texting and driving. Texting and driving has led to an increased number of distracted drivers, which is a major cause of many car accidents.

Of those surveyed, 69 percent of drivers between the ages of 18-64 admitted that they talked on their cell phones while driving and a whopping 41 percent admitted to texting and driving. Experts agree that any use of the cell phone while driving is a distraction. Studies showed that from 2001-2007, approximately 16,000 people died at the hands of drivers distracted by cell phones. The dangers are even greater when young inexperienced drivers on their cell phones are added to the equation.

New York has certain restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving but unfortunately, not everyone obeys the laws. Violating the cell phone laws while driving is not only breaking the law but it is also considered negligence if it leads to a car accident. New York drivers who have been injured in a car accident at the hands of a distracted cell phone driver may have a personal injury claim against the distracted driver. A personal injury claim is often handled by a legal professional on a contingent fee basis, meaning there is no charge unless a settlement or verdict is recovered on behalf of the injured party.

New York motorists who have been injured by a distracted driver may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, in addition to medical care and property damage. A legal professional can help injured motorists to determine their rights and get them on the road to recovery.

Source: NBC News, "When it comes to texting and driving, US is No. 1," Maggie Fox, March 14, 2013

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