Texting while driving, or other multitasking, has been compared to drunken driving. People think they can do it, but they are fooling themselves.
New York, New York (PRWEB) March 13, 2013
Many people believe they can text and drive safely despite statistics suggesting otherwise. To make the experience of texting while driving more realistic, New York State Police set up a texting while driving simulator at the Rochester International Auto Show. New York auto accident lawyer David Perecman supports all efforts to educate drivers about the dangers of texting while driving.
“Texting while driving, or other multitasking, has been compared to drunken driving. People think they can do it, but they are fooling themselves,” said Perecman.
According to WHEC (3.2.13), the realistic game demonstrated how easy it is to get distracted on the road. Participants sat in the simulator and drove through a neighborhood with real-life driving scenarios, including red lights, pedestrians crossing roads, and cars changing lanes. Drivers had to try to text and drive while successfully navigating the distractions.
“A number of drivers need this kind of dose of reality before they actually believe the warnings not to text and drive are meant for them. Learning in a simulator is a lot better than learning on the road,” said Perecman.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash. Besides risking an accident, anyone caught texting and driving in New York State will be fined and may also get points on their license.
“The bottom line is, don’t text and drive,” said Perecman. “A person could be killed or severely injured in the few seconds you take your eyes off the road. No message is worth it. If you have to text while driving, pull over.”
The auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have helped many people obtain the compensation they deserve following auto accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of cases of vehicular accidents in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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