A senior citizen was killed in a deadly accident involving a cab in the Bronx last month. The accident left the 61-year-old woman dead, and at least six people injured.
According to news reports, a livery cab plowed into a building, dragging the woman under the car. She sustained serious injuries, and was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of the cab and his two passengers were injured. At least three other people, including two pedestrians, were injured in the accident.
Investigations into the accident have begun, but investigators don’t believe that drug or alcohol use were a factor in this crash. The driver of the cab also had a clean driving record, with no previous citations. As of now, there are no clues about what caused the accident.
However, driving errors like this are very often the result of distractions or inattention. Inattentive drivers may not be 100% focused on the road ahead, which could be dangerous in a congested city like New York. Distractions include not just internal distractions like cell phones and text messaging devices. They also include external distractions like highway signs, billboards, and other vehicles. Whatever the source of the distraction, an inattentive driver could be at a much higher risk of an accident.
New York has a ban on the use of handheld cell phones and texting while driving for motorists. Those laws recently became even tougher, with stronger penalties added to them. New York car accident attorneys had been calling for stronger penalties for violations of the state’s cell phone laws in order to reduce the numbers of people using cell phones while driving.