According to a study by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of all injury crashes in the United States in the year 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. The Fatality Analysis Reports System (FARS) reports that 5,474 people were killed and approximately 448,000 were injured during that same year as a result of distracted driving accidents. These staggering numbers show just how important it is for New Jersey drivers do their part to avoid driving distracted.
Distracted driving can be visual (not watching the road), manual (not holding the wheel), or cognitive (not thinking about your driving). Therefore the simplest way to avoid driving distracted is to keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your mind focused on the task at hand – driving.
Common forms of distracted driving include cell phone use, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, using a navigation system, changing the radio, and grooming. While these simple activities seem harmless, doing them while driving can result in a serious injury accident. It only takes a moment of distraction for a life-changing accident to occur. All New Jersey drivers would be well advised to keep their cell phone off, stay focused and not drive while fatigued, stressed, or emotional.
Remember, distracted driving is negligent driving. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, the experienced New Jersey distracted driving accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. We will work diligently to secure fair and full compensation for all your losses and hold the at-fault driver accountable. Please contact us today at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and a comprehensive evaluation of your potential claim.