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Top 10 Driver Distractions in New York, New Jersey & Across the Country

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that nearly 25 percent of all reported car accidents are caused by some form of driver inattention.  As technology progresses and people rely more and more on cell phones and other devices, it seems that drivers are becoming even more distracted.  Distracted drivers are dangerous and they not only put themselves at risk, but also other people on the road. 

There are many things that can cause us to be distracted while driving and most of us can think of a few times when something took our attention of the road.  Driver distractions are serious and can lead to devastating car accidents.  According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, nearly 80 percent of car accidents and 65 percent of near collisions occur within three seconds of a distraction.  Three seconds can go by quickly.

Some of the top driver distractions that have been identified include (not in any particular order):
1. Applying makeup
2. Talking on cell phone
3. Texting
4. Grooming
5. Eating
6. Disciplining children
7. Reaching for an object
8. Changing the radio or CD
9. Fatigue
10. Reading 

Even though New York has a law banning the use of handheld cell phones, talking on a cell phone and texting has continued to be a major cause of car accidents across the state.  Reaching to grab a cell phone in your car can increase the risk of a car accident or near crash by nine times.  Dialing on your cell phone can take your eyes of the road for three seconds or more.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Staten Island, New York City, Brooklyn or other area in New York you need to contact an experienced Staten Island car accident lawyer for information regarding your legal rights at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr., at 718-701-2776 or 800-310-5520. You may be able to hold the distracted driver liable for your injuries and could be entitled to compensation.