Nine people were injured in a New Jersey car accident, which officials say was caused by a 22-year-old woman who was texting while driving. The Journey News reports that the car accident occurred on the New York State Thruway between Exits 15 and 14B in Suffern. Officials say a 22-year-old woman was texting when her vehicle jumped a guardrail and collided with three vehicles heading in the opposite direction. She suffered head and neck injuries, a Staten Island mother and her three sons were injured in one of the vehicles, and a grandfather and his three grandchildren were injured in a second vehicle. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening.
According to The U.S. Department of Transportation, 3,092 people were killed and 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver in the year 2010. To combat this serious problem, New Jersey has a cell phone law. Under New Jersey Traffic Law 39:4-97.3: “The use of a wireless telephone or electronic communication device by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway shall be unlawful except when the telephone is a hands-free wireless telephone.”
Victims of distracted drivers may pursue financial compensation for their medical bills, hospitalization fees, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages. A skilled car accident attorney will fight to hold the at-fault party accountable for all of the losses suffered by the victim.
The reputed Princeton cell phone-related accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold distracted drivers accountable for the damages they cause. We offer free case evaluations at (609) 240-0040 to anyone who has suffered a loss in a New Jersey car accident.