It is not uncommon for drivers in New York to think that car accidents only happen to other people. When they find themselves involved in a collision, they are often unsure of what is expected of them and what to do next. Drivers often think that they have to sit back and wait for their insurance company to pay the medical expenses, not realizing that the insurers will likely do whatever they can to minimize the payout. Accident victims usually benefit from consulting with a motor vehicle accident attorney to guide them through the legalities after a car accident.
One important rule of the road is that the driver must have sufficient control of his vehicle to avoid hitting other vehicles or persons on the road ahead. He must be focused on what lies ahead and react accordingly. He must be going at a speed that allows him to slow down within an assured clear distance of anything ahead. These are fairly universal principles of vehicular negligence applicable in New York elsewhere. One who fails to follow these basic operating principles and causes a car accident will likely be found liable for the damage caused.
In a recent blog post, we talked about the dangers of texting while driving. The texting while driving issue is not necessarily new, but the ideas to solve it keep evolving. Hopefully someday soon, we will have some protocol, method or device that prevents texting while driving altogether. Until then, we have to rely on the laws that are in place now -- and the hope that people show some sense -- to prevent distracted driving accidents that relate to a cell phone.