April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to FocusDriven.org, an advocacy group that encourages cell-free driving and urges all motorists to pledge to drive cell free and to ask others to do the same, nearly one out of every four car accidents in the United States involves cell phone use. When someone is driving while talking on a cell phone, even if it is a hands-free device, his or her brain is forced to pull focus away from the roadway to engage in conversation. Individuals who choose to drive while texting or talking on the cell phone put everyone on the roadway at risk and can be held accountable for the damages they cause.
If you have been injured in a New Jersey distracted driver car accident involving a driver who is on his or her cell phone, please call the authorities right away. If you feel pain or have been injured, it would be in your best interest to seek immediate medical attention. It is also important that you file a police report so that you get the facts on the record, as it is common for distracted drivers to deny that they were on the phone. You will want to document exactly when the accident occurred so that your personal injury attorney can request a review of the other driver’s cell phone records. If someone else witnessed the accident or saw the driver talking on the cell phone just before the collision, please make sure you take down his or her contact information as well.
Injured victims of distracted drivers can seek compensation to cover all medical expenses, lost earnings, and other damages and losses related to the accident. The experienced Princeton cell phone crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to prove fault and liability for an accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a New Jersey car accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.