There are many examples of tragic car accidents that result from texting while driving. A few of these heartbreaking incidents were included in an AT&T documentary entitled “The Last Text” that poignantly showed the dangers of texting while driving. One girl was killed while reading a text from her sister that simply said “yeah.” She read the text and was ejected from her vehicle when it left the roadway. Another example involved a bicyclist suffering fatal injuries after being struck by a teenager who was sending a text while driving. In that case, the young driver was texting “LOL” when he struck the biker.
Victims of New Jersey distracted driving accidents who survive the collision often sustain catastrophic injuries. In such cases, the victim may suffer a traumatic brain injury that results in permanent mental and physical disabilities. Other victims may sustain spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis. Distracted driving accidents can result in these types of catastrophic injuries because the at-fault driver is typically so distracted that the collision occurs before the driver can even slow down.
A driver is technically distracted whenever he or she is looking away from the roadway or thinking about something other than the task at hand. When we read a text while driving our eyes and mind are not on the roadway. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), you are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident while texting and driving.
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Motorists who cause serious injuries or deaths by texting while driving can be held accountable for their actions. The reputed NJ cell phone auto accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein urge all New Jersey motorists to remain focused while driving. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a distracted driving accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and case evaluation.