Recovery For Distracted Driving Accidents in New York City

Modern electronics have made it possible to remain constantly in touch with loved ones, never miss a beat at work and even communicate with thousands of strangers around the world with the push of a button. Everywhere you turn, people’s heads are buried in their phones, tablets and miniature laptop computers completely engrossed in whatever is on their screens. Whereas this intense absorption might be okay while sitting on a park bench or at a café table, the use of electronic devices is outright dangerous when behind the wheel.

Since establishing Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. over 30 years ago, our founding lawyer has noticed the increase in distracted driving accidents, in large part because of the rampant use of mobile phones and texting while driving. We have witnessed the devastation caused by drivers who selfishly insisted upon sending that message or making that phone call that cost the lives and health of others.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is dedicated to representing residents of the five NYC boroughs and our surrounding suburbs who have been injured, maimed, disabled or killed. Personal injury and wrongful death law is all we do and we have refined our approach and developed effective resources to conduct thorough investigations of our cases. For instance, a New York City accident lawyer at our firm will review the other driver’s phone bills and social media accounts for indications that he or she was texting at the time of the accident. We use the evidence to build a strong case for maximum return.

Texting While Driving Penalties in New York

New York State prohibits texting while driving. This includes reading, typing or transmitting a message via text, email, instant message, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other method. Primary enforcement of the laws means an officer can pull over a driver for texting even if he or she has committed no other traffic violation.

New York increased penalties for texting and talking on the phone while driving violations in 2014, including harsher maximum fines, more points on the violator’s driving record and longer driver’s license suspension. Nonetheless, drivers continue to break the law and text while driving.

Texting While Driving Laws for Truck Drivers

Long-haul and bus drivers spend hours, sometimes days, on the road away from home. Texting allows them to remain connected to family and friends. In addition, texting can help any commercial driver perform the job more efficiently and effectively. However, commercial drivers violate federal regulations when they text or talk on a cell phone while driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes heavy fines and driver’s license suspension on drivers and fines on their employers for texting and phone use violations.

Learn More About Texting While Driving Accidents

Learn more about recovering for injuries caused by a texting driver. Schedule a free appointment at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. by calling 1-888-575-6410. We have five offices in New York to serve you: Manhattan, the Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho and White Plains. Our attorneys handle your claim on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to pay us unless we recover money for you.