At Kohan Law Group in Manhasset, NY, our personal injury attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of those injured in distracted driving accidents on Long Island and in the five boroughs of New York City. If you have suffered harm because of a distracted driver’s inexcusable lapse of judgment, contact us for exceptional legal representation and compassionate moral support.
Considering the number of ways there are to be distracted while driving these days, it is no wonder that distracted driving has become a major cause of traffic accidents. The statistics are overwhelming. According to the CDC, approximately 3,000 people in the US die every year in distracted driving accidents. In addition, 20 percent of these individuals were not even riding in a car at the time of their death. Tragically, about 1,000 individuals are seriously injured in distracted driver accidents each day.
If you are a victim of a distracted driving accident, you don’t have to go it alone. Our skilled, empathic lawyers are here to help. Call today for a free consultation. We handle distracted driving injuries on a contingency basis, which means that our services cost you nothing until we win your case and recover damages.
What Constitutes Distracted Driving in Nassau County?
A distraction is anything that takes your attention away from the process of driving. There are three categories of distracted driving:  visual, taking your eyes off the road,  manual, taking your hands off the wheel, and  cognitive, taking your mind away from the task at hand.
Common distractions are:
- Sending or reading a text message
- Talking on a handheld cell phone or a smartphone
- Using a navigational system
- Eating or drinking
- Reaching for something in the glove compartment
- Getting something out of your purse, briefcase, or knapsack
- Watching a video
- Adjusting music on the radio or another device
- Grooming, like combing your hair or applying your makeup
Distracted Driving Laws in New York State Are Not Always on Your Side
While texting or speaking on a handheld device while driving is illegal in New York (except during an emergency), eating or drinking while driving is generally not. It is also not illegal to drive while tuning the radio, adjusting mirrors, or having an argument. Nonetheless, if you are speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, or drifting into the next lane while engaged in one of these activities, you can certainly be pulled over for reckless driving. Every driver owes a duty of care to others on the road.
Because of some ambiguities in the laws surrounding distracted driving, it is critical that you have a sharp attorney with a history of positive outcomes to protect your right to fair compensation. Even if you bear partial, or even the larger portion, of responsibility for the accident in which you were injured, in New York State you may be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers will do everything possible to make sure you receive the maximum possible under the principle of pure comparative negligence.
Why Kohan Law Group Is the Right Choice for Powerful Legal Advocacy
Our distracted driving accident attorneys have excellent credentials and are highly skilled. We are savvy negotiators outside of the courtroom and fierce litigators fighting for the damages you deserve. Whether you are coping with serious injuries or have lost a loved one to wrongful death due to a distracted driving accident, we will work tirelessly to bring you justice.
While you rest and recover from your trauma, we will:
- Investigate the accident site
- Examine forensic evidence and surveillance footage
- Pore over police reports and medical records
- Identify all responsible parties
- Interview witnesses
- Negotiate with opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters
- Subpoena the defendant’s smartphone records, if applicable
- Check whether the defendant has a history of similar misconduct
- Consult with experts in pertinent fields who will be able to bolster your case in court, if necessary
Damages We Will Fight to Win
If you have been severely injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for both economic and non-economic losses.
Economic damages are reimbursements for:
- Medical costs
- Lost income (current and future)
- Property damage
- Long-term nursing care
- Replacement costs
- Alterations to make your home accessible
Non-economic damages cover intangible losses like:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Contact Our Nassau County Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Today
At Kohan Law Group, we have the knowledge and determination to protect your rights after a distracted driving accident. Contact us now so we can familiarize ourselves with the specifics of your case and strategize.
Kohen Law Group’s distracted driving accident attorneys serve clients throughout Nassau County as well as in New York City, including Queens and Brooklyn, from their Manhasset office in North Hempstead.