Distracted Driving is Worse than Ever

The truth is in the numbers. Preliminary statistics from the first six months of 2016 indicate a 10% increase in highway deaths compared to the same period in 2015. Up until last year the number of individuals killed in traffic crashes had been steadily declining, yet 2015 data revealed the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. 

Of the factors that contribute to traffic crashes, driver distraction takes the lead. Distracted driving laws in New York prohibit drivers from using hand held devices behind the wheel, but permits drivers to talk on their phones via blue tooth and other devices. Studies have shown that drivers using hands-free devise are still distracted, the only difference being the classification of the distraction (typing a text is an example of a mechanical distraction, focusing on a phone conversation is a cognitive distraction).  

Vehicles are emerging with more built in technology, which again often serves as a distraction to drivers. 

In the greater New York City area roads are flooded with pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles. It’s crucial that we as New Yorkers drive distraction free. Collectively we can make a difference. Learn more about the dangers of distraction here

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP