NEW YORK – You’ve probably seen it before: a driver cruising down the street with a cell phone in their hand.
Whether they’re talking on the phone, or texting, the activity has been shown to be distracting, dangerous, and in New York, it’s illegal. But drivers don’t seem to care. According to a new Safe Driving Report by Everdrive, almost everyone has broken the law at least once in the last month.
The study estimates that 92-percent of the U.S. drivers with a cell phone have used it behind the wheel in the past 30 days. Using data collected on nearly 3-million vehicle trips and over 200 miles driven, the company used motion sensors and other factors to determine how dangerous some drivers can be.
A Brooklyn car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says distractions are the top cause of crashes on New York streets and highways, and these incidents often involve cell phones.
“When you first hear that almost everyone has held a cell phone while driving in just the last month, you might think the numbers have to be off, but it’s a serious issue in Brooklyn,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “Take a look around at the cars on your street and you’ll almost always find someone trying to multitask while in traffic.”
According to Everdrive’s statistics, 38-percent of all drivers on the road are using a phone at any given moment.
What’s even more concerning is that 36-percent of all traffic could also be speeding. Brooklyn car accident lawyers say many accidents can be attributed to a combination of the two offenses.
“Most car accidents have multiple factors,” Barnes said. “Distractions alone can increase the chance of a crash by up to four times, but when the driver is also speeding, merging lanes, or turning, the risk exponentially increases.”
It’s now estimated that roughly half of all car crashes involve a distracted driver. That equates to roughly 1.2 million crashes each year, and safety advocates believe distractions could be behind even more accidents.
If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, the Brooklyn car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have years of experience fighting for victims’ rights, and they’ve helped New Yorkers obtain over $2 billion in settlements and verdicts.
Contact them for a free case evaluation.
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