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How Will New York’s Distracted Driving Laws Impact My Claim?

When another driver or other party is negligent, that negligence can leave you severely injured. But the at-fault party may not want to compensate you for the suffering you endured. Because of this, you may have trouble getting compensated for your suffering. 

They may even try to pin part or all the blame on you, using New York’s distracted driving laws. If you’re not careful to disprove this, your claim may even be dismissed, leaving you without compensation for your injuries. 

If you’re struggling to get compensated, reach out for help from a car accident attorney at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. Your lawyer can help you defend your claim against accusations of fault and get the compensation you’re due for your injuries. 

What Are New York’s Distracted Driving Laws? 

New York’s distracted driving laws prohibit cell phone use while on the road. That means no texting, no talking, and no checking your emails, save for using hands-free mode. 

This law may impact your claim in serious ways if you were accused of texting while driving when you were involved in a car accident. They’re not just accusing you of being careless—they’re accusing you of breaking the law. 

Because of this, you may face harsher impacts on your compensation. For example, if you accept partial fault for texting and driving without disputing these accusations, you may lose a larger portion of your compensation. 

Exceptions to the Distracted Driving Laws 

Before you go to court, it’s important to know how to fight these accusations of fault. You need your max compensation to recover from your injuries, and your lawyer can help you get them, relying on exceptions to these laws. 

For example, while it’s illegal to text while driving, you may be allowed to do so if you’re at a complete stop. Just because someone rear-ended you at a traffic light while you were texting doesn’t mean the accident was your fault, for example. 

Using your phone is also acceptable if you’re facing an emergency. Let’s say a loved one was having a medical emergency, and while driving to the hospital, you called ahead. If you were involved in an accident during or because of a medical emergency, you may have grounds to defend your claim and protect your compensation. 

Talk to a Lawyer When Accused of Distracted Driving 

If you’re seeking compensation, the at-fault party may think that it’s in their best interests to avoid paying for your injuries. Because of that, they may try pinning the blame for the accident on you. That can leave you paying for the damages someone else caused. 

You don’t have to accept the blame. You can instead seek compensation with help from the distracted driving lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP. 

We know it can be difficult to get compensated for your injuries, so we offer free consultations for injury victims. If your compensation is on the line because the at-fault party said you were driving distracted, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete the following online contact form. 

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