It seems as though the advancement of electronic devices, particularly cell phones, has shaped drivers into compulsive multi-taskers, which unfortunately translates to a heightened risk of auto accident injury when a motorist is texting, talking, or dialing on a cell phone. Fortunately for New Jersey, a driver’s temptation to use his or her cell phone is curbed due to the fact that it is illegal for drivers of all ages to use hand-held communication devices. In fact, now as a primary offense, law enforcement can pull a driver over for utilizing such devices while driving.
Many auto accidents and pedestrian accidents in New Jersey are caused by driver inattention or distraction, which can be attributed to cell phone use in some cases, even though it is against the law to distract oneself with a device such as a cell phone. Causing others to suffer catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death is definitely not worth sending your friend a message that can wait until you are no longer driving. Bringing such dangers to light, a comprehensive study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute this past summer reveals how any use of a cell phone while driving increases the risk of an accident occurring.
According to a courierpostonline.com article, the study revealed that a driver’s eyes are taken off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds out of every six seconds driving when he or she sends or receives a text message. To put things in perspective, at 55 mph, this amounts to driving the distance of a football field while not paying attention to the road in front of you. The study also revealed that drivers who choose to text and drive are more than 20 times more likely to be in a collision than a non-distracted driver is.
With the information from the study in mind, please do not use your cell phone and drive. Auto accidents caused by texting or talking on a cell phone are preventable and no one deserves to suffer as a result of such negligence. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, pedestrian accident, or any other kind of auto collision, the experienced New Jersey auto accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. Whether the driver whom caused your accident was using a cell phone, or was simply negligent in some other way, our skilled attorneys can help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Call Lependorf & Silverstein at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation of your auto accident case.