The federal government, for the first time, is proposing guidelines that would nudge automakers to produce vehicles that limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices. According to a CNN news report, these guidelines issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are voluntary and would spell out specifics for electronic devices that are installed in vehicles when they are manufactured. Not allowing drivers to text or dial numbers while the car is moving is an important part of these guidelines.
The NHTSA has come up with these guidelines after three years of careful consideration, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. In 2010 alone, there were more than 3,000 fatalities that were caused by distracted driving. In New Jersey, driving while using a hand-held cell phone or texting while driving is illegal. The NHTSA is also considering additional guidelines in the future that might address the issue of electronic devices that are not built-in, but may be brought into the vehicle, such as smart phones, electronic tablets, and GPS.
Distracted driving is negligent driving. If you or a loved one has been injured in New Jersey car accident caused by a distracted driver, please remember that you do have legal rights. You can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses sustained as a result of the car accident.
The experienced Princeton distracted driving accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record representing the rights of car accident victims. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case assessment.