Poughkeepsie residents live busy and fast-paced lives with daily, mounting
responsibilities and pressing deadlines to meet. It’s no wonder
many set out on a quest to be more efficient and accomplish more tasks
in less time. Multi-tasking is a part of almost every person’s repertoire
of skills. However, multi-tasking while driving behind the wheel is dangerous
and even fatal. It is a distraction that can cause a driver to quickly
lose focus of the road and instantly result in a
Poughkeepsie car accident.
Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that distracted driving is the top contributor of motor vehicle accidents
in the United States. This type of behavior occurs when a motorist is
engaged in other activities that divert his or her full attention from
the road. Distracted driving can quickly contribute to a fatal car crash.
Cell phone use while driving is unarguably one of the leading causes of
car accident injuries and death. Almost every person in the U.S. owns a cell phone and uses it incessantly
through out the day to make phone calls, send text messages, download
the latest app and surf the Internet.
The National Safety Council reports that about 1 in 4 automobile accidents
occur where cell phone use is a factor. The U.S. Department of Transportation
lists annual fatalities and injuries from cell phone use in the thousands.
In recent years, texting while driving has become a serious issue prompting
lawmakers and government officials to take action in order to promote
safety on the roadways.
Governor Cuomo articulated the dangers of texting while driving with his
Text Stops initiative. These "Texting Zones" located along the
NYS Thruway and highways have been designed for motorists to briefly park
their cars in these spots and safely send a text message. More aggressive
enforcement crackdown measures have since followed with an increase of
tickets issued to drivers that carry higher penalties.
Texting while driving is a serious matter. Such negligent behavior can
claim a life in an instant. It is important to resist the urge to send
a text message while on the road. Wait until you have arrived in a safe
place. Driving requires your full, undivided attention so always make
sure to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Other common distracters to motorists that can result in a
motor vehicle accident are switching the radio station, talking to passengers, applying makeup,
watching movies, reading and searching the floor for dropped objects.
All these distractions divert a driver’s attention from the road,
which can lead to unnecessary and avoidable accidents. Distracted driving
is a form of negligent behavior that can result in financial liability
to injured parties.
Learn more about the most common triggers of car accidents that every driver
should know in
our article posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.