New York Lawyer Says Tougher Laws Against Distracted Driving and Drunk Driving Have Helped to Reduce Car Accidents, Injuries and Fatalities

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Binghamton personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb says New York laws banning texting while driving and providing tougher penalties for drunk driving have contributed to a drop in traffic fatalities.

New York state has shown that it takes drunk driving seriously, and we need to continue to be serious and vigilant in our efforts to prevent DWI accidents.

Traffic fatalities dropped in New York state in 2009, according to recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics.

Scott C. Gottlieb, a Binghamton personal injury attorney, says the decline can be attributed, in part, to laws passed in recent years that have been aimed at cracking down on drunk or distracted drivers.

“These laws weren’t passed for the sake of writing tickets and collecting fines. They were intended to save lives, and these numbers show that they’re achieving that goal,” says Gottlieb, whose law firm, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, represents victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and drunk-driving accidents throughout New York’s Upstate Region.

“Still, even one individual or loved one killed by a negligent, drunk or distracted driver is one too many.”

According to the NHTSA’s updated 2009 traffic fatality and injury data, highway deaths fell to 33,808 for the year across the U.S., the lowest number since 1950. Alcohol-impaired driving deaths fell nationally by 872 deaths, or 7.4 percent.

In the state of New York, there were 1,156 people who died in automobile accidents in 2009. Out of those fatalities, 28 percent were caused by drunk drivers, or 321 deaths, according to the NHTSA.

The total number of traffic fatalities in New York dropped by 6.6 percent. Highway deaths caused by alcohol-impaired drivers fell by 7.2 percent.

Gottlieb says partial credit for the declines should go to a 2009 law banning the use of a mobile device, such as a Blackberry, Smartphone or iPhone, to read, type or send text messages while driving.

“Studies have shown that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities,” he says. “The law clearly has deterred that type of reckless driving.”

He also says New York has stepped up publicity campaigns to prevent drinking and driving and passed stiffer anti-drunk driving laws.

Leandra’s Law, for instance, makes it an automatic Class E felony to drive drunk or under the influence of drugs with a child age 15 or younger in the car, and it requires first-time driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenders to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles.

“New York state has shown that it takes drunk driving seriously, and we need to continue to be serious and vigilant in our efforts to prevent DWI accidents,” Gottlieb says.

“Our automobile accident lawyers have represented victims of drunk driving accidents and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and we have seen up close just how devastating these accidents can be,” he says. “So, we fully support any efforts to put an end to drunk driving.”

About Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, handles all types of personal injury and medical malpractice cases, including cases involving drunk-driving accidents, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist us in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases. The firm features offices in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown. For more information, call (607) 724-7700 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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