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February 20, 2024 | Car Accidents

Is It Dangerous to Drive With Loud Music?

How Loud Music May Cause Distracted Driving

Undoubtedly, the majority of motorists play some sort of music or talk radio in the car. Music can help ease a painful commute. A good podcast can keep you riveted during an otherwise monotonous road trip. But can the radio become a distraction? Is it dangerous to drive with loud music?

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we represent individuals who have been injured in car accidents throughout New York. Our attorneys are well-versed at holding insurance companies responsible, ensuring our clients maximize their damages and receive the largest recovery possible. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver or another act of negligence, contact our office for free legal advice.

Is Driving with Loud Music Dangerous?

Research shows that driving with loud music can be dangerous. One study found that increasing music volume directly impacted the reaction time of a college student, indicating that loud music may impair a person’s response time while driving. When response time is impaired, it can slow a motorist’s ability to react to certain situations like slowing traffic.

How Does Loud Music Affect a Driver?

Loud music may affect a driver in a number of ways. As stated above, it is believed that loud music may impair a person’s response time. Other studies have found that music may increase aggression, anxiety, or stress. Music volume and tempo may also impact a driver’s speed and risk-taking behavior. 

Is Driving with Loud Music Illegal in New York?

While some jurisdictions have prohibitions on driving with loud music, New York does not have a state law preventing the activity. A law enforcement officer, however, may be able to stop you for “disturbing the peace” or a traffic violation. 

While there is no statewide initiative, the New York City Council passed a measure to help crack down on loud vehicles. The “Stop Spreading the Noise Act” prohibits vehicles from having sound over 85 decibels. Noise cameras placed throughout the city begin to record in order to capture a license plate when noises over 85 decibels are detected. The vehicle’s owner is then fined between $800 and $2,500.

Distracted Driving Safety Tips

Distracted driving does not solely involve texting or talking on the phone. Loud music, changing stations on the radio, or even just singing along with your favorite song can prove a distraction..

To avoid accidents it is important to:

  • Eliminate distractions, i.e. put away the cell phone
  • Reduce music volume
  • Choose music that is soothing
  • Avoid changing stations while driving
  • Never drive with headphones on
  • Keep focus on the road

Driving with music that is too loud may not only cause your reaction time to slow, it can also be distracting to other drivers. A distracted driver may be more prone to be involved in a rear-end collision or another type of car accident. Distracted drivers may also cause devastating pedestrian accidents if they are not paying attention to traffic lights or stop signs.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Accident with a Distracted Driver

If you are involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you should speak with an experienced attorney. New York follows a no-fault insurance system. This means that you can pursue benefits through your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance regardless of who was at fault for the accident. 

However, if your injuries are serious you may want to pursue a lawsuit against the party that caused you harm. An attorney can help you understand your rights if you were hit by a driver who was playing their music too loud. They will guide you through the process and help determine if you have a valid claim for damages or if you should pursue no-fault benefits.

Hiring an Experienced Attorney

One of the most important decisions you will make after an accident with a driver distracted by loud music is which personal injury attorney to hire. At Ajlouny Injury Law, our legal team is well-versed in handling complex cases. We know the law and will work to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your case. Even if you were partially to blame for the crash, we can help. 

Contact Ajlouny Injury Law Today

Were you injured in an accident with a distracted driver in New York? Contact our office for FREE legal advice. Our lawyers will help you navigate the claims process and work to ensure you receive a fair and full settlement. If a favorable settlement cannot be reached we are not afraid to set your matter for trial. Get the advice you need today. All consultations are free and confidential.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we have helped thousands of New Yorkers injured in auto accidents. We fight for our clients and will not give up on you or your case. Contact our firm today to get started.

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