Texting while driving is a habit that many people have picked up. Drivers may think it is easy to answer a quick text or even just read the text message. Looking down at your phone to text not only takes your eyes off the road, but it takes your hands off the wheel and your mind off the road. Texting while driving causes a risk to the driver, along with all vehicles around them.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by a texting driver, a Long Island texting while driving accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you fight for compensation. Our firm may be able to take on the legal work in your insurance claim or lawsuit.
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for your free consultation with a member of our team. If you qualify, we may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis.
Dangers of Texting and Driving
When a driver is more focused on their phone, they lose focus on the task of driving. This problem is widespread. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR), there were 111,250 tickets issued for texting while driving in New York in 2018. There were also 278 police-reported accidents that year where cell phone use was listed as a contributing factor. These accidents may have been prevented if the driver had paid more attention to the road ahead.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), texting can distract a driver in three ways:
- Visually, because the driver’s eyes leave the road to read the text
- Manually, because their hands leave the steering wheel to operate the phone
- Cognitively, because the driver focuses on reading or composing a text instead of driving
When a driver chooses to answer a text or an email, they put everyone around them at risk.
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Evidence of Negligence in a Texting While Driving Accident Case
A Long Island texting while driving accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to collect evidence of the responsible party’s liability when we represent you. This evidence may include:
- Photos or video of the accident
- The crash report
- Cell phone records from the driver who caused the accident
- Witness statements.
For a free case review with a member of Morelli Law Firm’s car accident team, call us today at (212) 751-9800.
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Damages in a Car Accident Case
The damage caused by a texting driver can be extreme. When a driver causes an accident because they were texting, they may be liable for all of your accident-related damages. These may include:
You may be compensated for any property of yours that was damaged due to the accident. If your vehicle was damaged, the compensation could cover the cost of repairs. If your vehicle cannot be repaired, you may get compensation for a vehicle replacement. You may also be compensated for anything else that you own that was damaged in the accident.
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Medical bills from a vehicle accident can add up very quickly. The cost of an ambulance ride and an emergency room visit could be extreme. If you have to have follow-up treatments, surgeries, or any other appointments, the costs may be more than you can afford. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a texting driver, you might be compensated for the medical bills that follow.
Loss of Income
When you are in a car accident, you could miss a substantial amount of time at work. The car accident itself could cost you at least a few hours of time missed. If you have to be treated for your injuries, you could miss weeks or even months. You may be compensated for the amount of time you had to miss from work due to your accident.
Decrease in Salary
Injuries sustained in a car accident can be life-changing. Some injuries cannot be fixed or healed completely. You may have to change your way of life or even your career altogether. If you have to switch to a job that pays less, you may be compensated due to the decrease in salary.
Pain and Suffering
A car accident can be a traumatic and stressful event that can turn your life upside down. While pain and suffering do not have a monetary value, you may be able to recover compensation for this damage.
Future Medical Expenses
When you are fighting for compensation for your injuries, you may not be through with treatment. If it is likely that you will need future treatment for the injuries you have, you may be compensated in advance for these treatments.
How Morelli Law Firm Can Help
When a driver decides to text while they are driving, they are putting their own needs ahead of the safety of others. If you were injured by a texting driver, a Long Island texting while driving accident lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to walk you through the process to fight for your compensation. When we work together on your case, our services may include:
- Handling all communications in your place
- Building your case file with evidence of the responsible party’s liability and the value of your damages
- Filing your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a settlement offer
- Taking your case to trial if necessary
Call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800 for your free consultation with a member of our team. We represent accident victims on a contingency-fee-basis. This system requires no up-front payments.