Distracted driving is a serious problem in New Jersey and across the nation. Examples of distracted driving include text messaging, eating, reading, making a phone call, or fiddling with stereo while driving. Perhaps the best way to lessen your chances of being involved in a distracted driving car accident is to make sure that you are focused on the roadway at all times. Anytime you take your eyes off the road, take your hands off the steering wheel, or take your attention away from driving, you are putting yourself and others on the road at great risk.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of all injury crashes in the year 2009 involved distracted driving accidents. A total of 5,474 people were killed and approximately 448,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into accidents serious enough to injure themselves.
One way officials are trying to decrease the number of cell phone-related accidents in New Jersey is through citations. Currently, the New Jersey one of only eight states that prohibit all drivers from using handheld devices while driving. Drivers who wish to make a phone call are required to pull over before using their phone. However, cell phone use is not the only form a distracted driving that can prove dangerous. The New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety also warns drivers against applying makeup, tending to children, eating, drinking, and talking to other passengers while behind the wheel.
Distracted driving is negligent driving. Victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers may pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. The experienced Princeton car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold distracted drivers accountable for the accidents and injuries they cause. Call our law offices today at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation if a distracted motorist in New Jersey has injured you or a loved one.