Sitting on his front porch, Al watches the road as traffic increases. The
Fourth of July is only several days away and he knows that traffic will
only continue to grow. He will not partake in the festivities this year;
in fact, Al never wants to celebrate Independence Day again.
It was just last year that he lost his son to a
distracted driving accident. The young man was in his early twenties and on leave from the military.
While walking down Broadway last Fourth of July, the soldier was caught
in the path of a vehicle careening off of the road. Death was not instant;
the young man was strong and held on a few more days before succumbing
to his injuries.
The driver, Corey, was texting when the crash occurred. Apparently Corey
felt it important to text a friend, “I will see you at the bar in 5.”
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys believe that no message is more important than a human life. Unfortunately,
too many motorists are not of the same mind. Did you know that 387,000
injuries are caused by distracted driving every year? More than 3,000
people are killed in distracted driving accidents. In total, over one
and a half million accidents each year are the result of texting or talking
on cell phones.
People choosing to text and drive should know that texting while driving
is illegal and deadly. And it makes since why. Drivers texting have their
eyes averted from the road, their hands off the wheel, and their minds
distracted from driving. It is a simple recipe for disaster.
The New York law that prohibits distracted driving is
section 1225-c of the Vehicle and Traffic Law. This statue prohibits driving while holding a cell phone to talk. Section
1225-d of the same laws prohibits texting as well as sending and reading
These laws will slap offenders with fines and points if caught by the police.
But it is the civil law that holds offending motorists truly accountable
to their victims. If a driver texts while driving, that driver is breaching
his duty of care to other roadway users; the driver is being negligent.
When the negligence of texting while driving causes a motorist to injure
other drivers, passengers, and or pedestrians, the victims can sue the
offending driver in a court of law. Any damages not covered by insurance
and or serious injuries received can be compensated for by hauling the
offender into court.
Stay safe this holiday weekend and be sure to check out Kingston’s
Fireworks Festival presented by our law firm at 9:30pm Saturday, July 4th.
Learn more about July Fourth safety tips from our New York Personal Injury
our latest article posted here. Read more about how to stay safe during pyrotechnic shows on July Fourth in
our blog posted here. Learn more about how to stay safe from drunk drivers this Fourth of July in
our blog 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.