These figures show distracted driving makes our intersections even more dangerous. This should be of great concern to New York City’s motorists and pedestrians.
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2013
Every day, people get behind the wheel while immersed in life’s distractions, including their cell phones. Many of these drivers cause accidents, especially at intersections, because they are not paying proper attention to driving, New York City car accident lawyer David Resnick said today, citing a new report on distractions and red-light violations.
“While distracted driving is in the news a lot these days, that doesn’t mean people are heeding the warnings,” said Resnick, the founder of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., a firm that concentrates on helping car accident victims in New York City. “We keep learning more and more about the consequences of drivers who take their eyes off the road, their minds off driving and their hands off the steering wheel.”
Resnick cited a new data analysis released June 6 by the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven, which found that 12 percent of red-light infractions involved distracted driving in a sample of violations at 118 red-light camera intersections in 19 communities over three months. Based on those figures, the groups estimate that distracted driving was a factor in nearly 7.4 million red-light violations across the United States in 2012.
“These data confirm that distracted driving is a leading factor in red-light running, which is a clear danger to drivers and pedestrians on busy New York City streets,” Resnick said. “Hopefully information like this will highlight how dangerous distracted driving is and help deter people from engaging in the practice.”
In releasing their findings, the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven launched a multimedia campaign effort, “Stop Distraction on Red,” to raise awareness of the correlation between distracted driving and intersection safety. With many families hitting the road for summer vacation, the two groups stated that it’s a good time to remind drivers to put the phones away when behind the wheel. Cell phone use is a factor in 21 percent of crashes, according to the National Safety Council, and drivers who talk on a handheld or hands-free cell phone are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident.
“At David Resnick & Associates, we support all efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving,” Resnick said. “Campaigns like those from the National Coalition for Safer Roads and FocusDriven will hopefully help convince people to drive free of as many distractions as possible. That will save lives and prevent injuries.”
The groups’ data analysis also shows a close connection between distracted driving and red-light running, which is the leading cause of urban crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 8,700 traffic deaths resulted from intersection-related traffic collisions, and red-light runners injure 165,000 people annually.
“Obviously, New York City is an urban setting with a large number of intersections and traffic lights,” Resnick said. “These figures show distracted driving makes our intersections even more dangerous. This should be of great concern to New York City’s motorists and pedestrians.”
Resnick reminded victims of distracted driving accidents that they should get legal advice from an experienced New York personal injury lawyer such as those at David Resnick & Associates.
“Our skilled and compassionate legal team understands the serious impact car accidents have on victims and their families,” he said. “We can help those harmed by a distracted driver get the compensation they deserve.”
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling many types of injury and negligence cases in New York City, including motor vehicle accidents, hit-and-run accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, trips and falls, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims. David Resnick & Associates serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. The firm’s office is located 450 7th Avenue, Suite 409, New York, NY 10123. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website’s online contact form.