Individuals who receive a driver’s license in New York are required by law to follow the rules of the road. This includes operating the vehicle safely and using their undivided attention. However, there are many people who still act negligently and break the law while driving. The following are negligent actions that commonly cause car accidents in New York:
The increase in smartphones became a catalyst for more people using their phones while driving. A Pew Research report showed that 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. This was a 35 percent increase from the amount in 2011. Those who use their phones while operating a vehicle are distracted, increasing their chances of causing an accident.
Eating and Drinking
Almost everyone is guilty of taking a bite of some food or sipping a drink while driving. While the action seems harmless, it requires a driver to take one hand off the wheel. It is because of this that it is considered negligence. Studies show that eating and driving is just as deadly as texting and driving.
When people are in a rush to get to where they need to be, they may attempt to multitask behind the wheel of the car. This can include putting on makeup or checking their teeth in the rearview mirror while they are in motion. This is also negligent, as it requires drivers to take their eyes off the road.
Talking to Passengers
It is hard to not engage with passengers while driving a car. However, something as seemingly harmless as talking to another person can be a distraction that causes an accident. Federal data shows that over half of distracted driving accidents are due to the driver talking with passengers.
Using a GPS
Most people these days use some sort of navigation method while they are operating a car. This can include a GPS device or navigation app on a phone. While they are helpful, using them can cause a failure to give the road undivided attention.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!