12/15/2020

Despite the known risks, distracted driving is not going away

In 2016, traffic accidents involving a distracted driver resulted in the deaths of 3,450 people, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  That number represents 9 percent of all 37,41 traffic fatalities that year. Even though thousands of people are dying each year due to distracted driving, nearly 80 percent of drivers admit to talking […]

We have helped thousands of New Yorkers recover more than $250 million in compensation

We have helped thousands of New Yorkers recover more than $250 million in compensation

We have helped thousands of New Yorkers recover more than $250 million in compensation

Home > Blog > Despite the known risks, distracted driving is not going away

In 2016, traffic accidents involving a distracted driver resulted in the deaths of 3,450 people, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  That number represents 9 percent of all 37,41 traffic fatalities that year.

Even though thousands of people are dying each year due to distracted driving, nearly 80 percent of drivers admit to talking on their phones while driving. Over 30 percent of drivers admit to having had a near-miss accident while distracted. And 19 percent said they would continue to drive distracted even if it were illegal — which it is.

This information comes from a recent survey of over 2,000 consumers and executives for the 2019 Travelers Risk Index by Travelers Companies. The survey examined the frequency of distracted driving behaviors and attitudes toward reducing them.

The survey interviewed executives because they often put pressure on workers to be available even when they are not in the office, which can lead to distracted driving. Unfortunately, it appears that many workplaces do not consider distracted driving when making policies about employee availability.

The distractions keep coming — and getting worse

The Travelers Risk Index found that the surveyed drivers engaged in some behind-the-wheel activities that seem incredibly distracting:

  • 44 percent of drivers admitted to typing texts or emails;
  • 23 percent admitted to using social media;
  • 22 percent admitted to taking photos or recording videos;
  • 15 percent admitted to shopping online.

Just when we think we have seen it all, drivers continue to engage in more potentially life-threatening behavior. Moreover, many of those surveyed said it would be difficult or very difficult to stop their behaviors. In fact, 5 percent of survey respondents said it would be very difficult to stop shopping online while they were driving.

As mentioned, pressure from the boss to be available at all times has ramped up the pressure to engage in distracting behaviors. Of the executives surveyed, 87 percent said they expected their employees to be sometimes or frequently available when they are not in the office.

At least 20 percent of the consumers interviewed admitted that pressure from employers to be available led them to drive distracted. Almost half said that they either always need to be available or that they did not want to miss a work emergency. Another 17 percent admitted that driving is when they get a lot of work done.

Travelers found that about 75 percent of workplaces have distracted driving policies. Of those, however, only 18 percent actually advise employees to set their phones to “do not disturb” while they are driving.

What can we do to reduce distracted driving?

According to the Travelers survey, speaking up could make a big difference. Of the consumers surveyed, 16 percent said they rarely or never say something when riding in a car with a distracted driver. However, 54 percent said they would probably stop driving distracted if a passenger asked them to do so.

Other research has found that parents can be effective at reducing distracted driving among their teens by having discussions and setting clear expectations. About two-thirds of parents say they have had such a conversation with their kids.

Finally, we can hold bad drivers financially responsible for the harm they cause through personal injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, meet with an experienced attorney for an evaluation of your situation and advice about what to do next.

Our History of Success

Testimonials

"The treatment received by Shulman & Hill was extremely excellent. They treated me like I was part of their family and that gave me a lot of confidence in them. I would recommend them one hundred percent because they are very trained in your area. I congratulate you and ask God to fill you with blessings. Gracias for your support."

Ramon E.

"I would like to thank The Shulman & Hill Law Firm in Brooklyn for their outstanding representation on my worker’s compensation case. The monetary reward exceeded our expectations and Alex worked closely with me to meet and exceed my goals."

John S.

"To anyone in need of a worker’s compensation lawyer, I highly recommend Alex Shulman and his team. They went above and beyond to best accommodate me during my time of injury. All my questions and concerns were answered in a timely manner and with the utmost professionalism. In addition and most importantly they fought to make sure I was correctly compensated for my injuries at time of settlement and didn’t rush to get paid. I will be recommending their firm to anyone and everyone in need of their services."

Chaim L.

"I am both satisfied and relieved with the results this extremely professional and reliable firm did. They lead me through the entire process, they never gave me any issues. They handled everything on their own, and always put a great deal of effort to ensure my comfort and best interest. They were always reachable and answered all my questions, and gave me information even when I didn’t know what the right question to ask was.  They turned a grave dilemma into something very manageable and repairable. They are efficient and do not linger with any paperwork, I was truly amazed at the results and the short time it took. I highly recommend them to anyone, and will seek their counsel in the future."

Akila B.

"I really appreciate the service I received with Shulman & Hill.  They walked me through the process and kept me informed every step of the way.  They would call and leave a message and when I called back, I was connected with a person who knew exactly what my call was about.  I was very satisfied with my settlements. Thank You!"

Aaron R.

"Alex Shulman did a wonderful job walking me through all the process of my case…making sure I understood all the legality and severity of all my hearing. I highly recommend their firm to handle any and all worker’s compensation cases. They strive for your wellbeing health-wise as well as aiming for the financial max."

Altagrace G.

"Schulman & Hill was my very first choice I chose for my WC case . I am very pleased with the outcome of my case. I would highly recommend them to friends. They are very professional and kept me informed during every step of this process. Should I ever need a WC attorney again, God forbid, Shulman & Hill it is, hands down . Thank you ."

Cheryl M.

"I had a great experience with Shulman & Hill. They have a great team and were very understanding and helpful from day one. I felt like I was in good hands and the outcome on my case overreached my expectations! I highly recommend this firm. You can be rest assured that they will fight for you rights."

Anna G.

"My experience with the Shulman & Hill lawyers during this process time was excellent, they are competent and very professional lawyers, they worked quickly with my case and they kept me informed of the whole process all the time. Shulman & Hill’s fans recommend them with closed eyes, thank you very much Shulman & Hill."

Carolyn G.

"Shulman & Hill is the best firm out there. They help you understand....since walking into Shulman & Hill, they have guided me...to get a win. I am completely happy with my compensation. What brought me to Shulman & Hill was their expertise in workers compensation and personal injury cases. What I found value in was in their mission to provide compassionate service..."

Jason S.

"I went to the Internet to find a lawyer to assist me to navigate worker’s compensation process. Shulman & Hill was my first choice  and I have no regrets. I was impressed with the prompt response to my case. I must comment on the office environment and office staff being  friendly, professional and prompt. A big thanks to the lawyers that represented me at the hearings and Valeria who helped to lessen my anxiety are dealing with legal issues. I have no hesitation in recommending this law firm to anyone that requires legal services."

Ita L.

"The best law firm in NYC! They explain everything to you and they are very generous and helpful. The lawyers are excellent and very respectful as also is the receptionist. I highly recommend the Shulman & Hill law firm."

Davis C.

"Excellent lawyers. Excellent service. I will recommend them as my first choice. They helped me with my case since day one. They know exactly how to work on a case and win it. They worked fast and were always in communication with me.  I won my case with a very high amount. Thanks to all the staff, I wish them my best. They will always be in my heart."

Grace B.

"Had a very positive experience working with Shulman & Hill in the worker’s compensation case. Everyone is very professional and competent. Received the maximum possible settlement in court. I am sincerely grateful to my lawyers and personally Alex Shulman for the work done. I wish you further success and prosperity."

Dmitry M.

"I am so glad that I chose Alex Shulman to represent me in my worker’s compensation case. I have definitely recommended him to some of my coworkers and friends who needed an Attorney. I am so happy with the service I got from him and his paralegals. Thank you very much to the entire staff at Shulman & Hill for everything!"

Ilya K.

"Shulman & Hill have been tremendously helpful in resolving my case. They are extremely professional and thorough. I would recommend them to anyone working to resolve a difficult case."

James M.

"I was very pleased with the work of this firm. They made sure I understood my case and I was never left out of the loop. They were professional and very friendly. I would recommend them to anyone looking for someone who is going to fight for you to the very end."

Jennifer D.

"Do not waste time looking for better. There is no better than Shulman & Hill. I am very happy I got introduced to them by my good friends. Definitely THE BEST there is."

Arian K.

"Shulman and Hill are the absolute best: JJ, Alex and Christine are powerhouse attorneys who get the best results for their clients. I feel like these guys took care of me like family. When you’re dealing with a worker’s compensation case, you’ll want a pit bull to represent you: Shulman & Hill is the firm you need."

Chelsea W.

"Wonderful service quality by the group of professional advocates in the law firm of Shulman & Hill! I did not expect that I will find a proper solution regarding my worker’s compensation. However, it has been possible by the experts and they have made the task easier over the period. Thanks to them for their help."

Corey A.

"I would definitely like to thank Mr. Alex Shulman and his entire staff at Shulman and Hill for their exceptional work in helping me with my Worker’s Compensation case. Their entire staff was courteous and professional from start to finish and all work was done in a timely fashion. I was previously with a different law firm who were not as informative, and they made me feel like I was a mere money to them. I personally recommend the law offices of Shulman & Hill for any injury/ worker’s compensation case you may have. They strive to get you a maximum reward for your injury, while maintaining the utmost courtesy and professionalism."

Dain J.

Testimonials

Explore Our Locations

Manhattan Headquarters

One State Street Plaza, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10004 Details

Brooklyn

26 Court Street, #2216, Brooklyn, NY 11242 Details

Queens

92-03 Jamaica Ave, Woodhaven, NY 11421 Details

Bronx

369 East 149th Street, 7th Floor, Bronx, NY 10455 Details

Long Island

265 Sunrise Highway, Suite 31, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 Details

Staten Island

Westfield, NJ

111 Quimby St, Suite 9, Westfield, NJ 07090 Details

Free Case Consultation

Get your free, immediate case evaluation

Consultation
By submitting you agree to our Terms & Privacy Policy.