How drivers can avoid distracted driving accidents

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law 

All drivers who share the roads in New York are at risk for becoming involved in car accidents, especially on streets that are particularly crowded and busy. However, there are some behaviors that drivers can learn to help them prevent a car accident.

One of the easiest ways a person can be involved in a car accident is to become distracted and take his or her eyes off the road. When a person’s eyes are not on the road in front of him or her, that person may not be able to react to the other vehicles sharing the road until it is too late. Drivers can avoid becoming involved in a distracted driving accident by avoiding using a cellphone, searching for music or eating while the vehicle is moving.

Drivers should also ensure that they pay attention to and obey traffic laws. Some of the things that drivers should do are watch their speed and drive with the flow of traffic. Using headlights can make a vehicle more visible, even during the day when the sun is out. Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front can give a driver more reaction time in the event an accident does occur.

Even if a driver is operating the vehicle in a safe manner, other drivers put him or her at risk. If a person becomes involved in a crash that was caused by a distracted driver, he or she may file a claim against that driver, especially if the distracted driver was found to be liable. If the distracted driver’s insurance company refuses to cover the cost of medical bills and other expenses associated with the accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to negotiate out of court or litigate.

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