Texting while driving is a leading cause of car accidents in Brooklyn, NYC, and across the United States. Although texting is a relatively recent phenomenon, it has quickly risen to become one of the most dangerous things you can do while driving. In fact, it has overtaken drinking and driving as the number one cause of death among teenage drivers.
If you have been injured because of a driver who was texting, call NYC car accident attorney Reid B. Wissner at 212-406-9288 for your complimentary consultation.
Texting While Driving Significantly Raises Chances of Causing an Accident
When texting someone, your full focus is on your phone instead of the road in front of you. Even if you think "it'll only take a second," a second is all it takes to crash. While texting, reaction speeds are slowed and it is over 20% more likely that you'll be involved in an accident.
Too many drivers disregard laws that prohibit texting while driving, and as a result, cause serious injury and even death when their lack of attention leads to catastrophic consequences. Distracted driving is a top cause of severe car accidents, and texting is one of the top ways that drivers are distracted.
Texting while driving can cause injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Deep lacerations
- Soft tissue injury
If you are injured by a distracted driver, you may need to spend time in the hospital. You may need surgery, and you may need to take time off work. All of this can add up to be very costly, which is why you should consult personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner. He can help you fight unscrupulous insurance companies to get you the best settlement possible.
Can You Claim No-Fault Benefits and Still File a Lawsuit?
New York is a no-fault state, which means that you are entitled to compensation from an accident no matter who was at fault. If you were injured in a crash because of a negligent, distracted driver, you can claim no-fault benefits and still file a personal injury lawsuit.
No-fault benefits will cover medical expenses, but will not cover intangibles such as pain and suffering. In addition, these benefits are typically capped at $50,000. A separate personal injury lawsuit can help you obtain more compensation than would be possible through no-fault insurance alone.
Reid B. Wissner has the experience necessary to both help you navigate the complex no-fault system, and help you win your personal injury lawsuit. Without the help of such an experienced personal injury lawyer, you may end up at the mercy of an insurance company that wants to deny or devalue your claim as much as possible.
Mr. Wissner knows all the tricks that insurance companies use in order to avoid paying you what you need. He knows what strategies will work best in order to get you the best results.
Schedule Your Car Accident Consultation Today
If you have been injured in a car wreck caused by someone texting while driving, don't hesitate to contact NYC personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner today at 212-406-9288. We serve clients in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and other nearby areas of New York City.