We are Distracted Driving Defense Lawyers. Distracted Drivers often do not think that they are criminals, but sometimes what they perceive to be innocent acts leads to traffic tickets, criminal charges, and even death. With the prevalence of handheld electronic devices such as cell phones, there has been highway safety has been drastically impacted in a negative way. In fact, Distracted Driving is one of the leading causes of accidents resulting in property damage and personal injury. Moreover, the number of these accidents is consistently increasing as more and more people have access to cell phones..
In many respects, Distracted Driving is more dangerous that Driving While Intoxicated or Drugged Driving. This may seem counter intuitive, but it makes sense once you consider the what distraction may entail. A drunk or drugged driver may have decreased reaction time and may have diminished motor skills as a result of the substance that they hav e consumed. They are also presumed to have known that they may have engaged in illegal activity since it is fairly common knowledge that we should not drink and drive. On the other hand, a person who has not consumed any alcohol or drugs may be an even greater threat, even though they are not impaired. A person who takes their eyes off the road to read a text may be unable to perceive anything other that the text.Consequently, the distracted driver may have an inability to avoid hazards or pedestrians in the road.New York State has Made the use Portable Electronic Devices While Driving Illegal
In New York it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while texting, gaming, watching or taking video or photos, sending emails, or talking on an electronic device. It should be understood that if you are involved in a vehicular accident that results in serious injury or death, investigators may request your electronic device so that they can search it for evidence of use while driving. If you do not consent to the search, they may seek a search warrant for the content stored in the device. If it is determined that you were distracted while driving, you may be charged with Vehicular Assault, Criminally Negligent Homicide or Vehicular Manslaughter.
It may be particularly tempting to take a quick glance at a message on a phone, and people who do so generally do not have criminal intent. Nevertheless, once a person is injured, or a life has been taken, it is impossible to unring the bell. Our Distracted Driving Lawyers represent clients in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, New York City, throughout the Hudson Valley, and in Connecticut. Please contact us if you have been charged with an offense involving Distracted Driving.