According to the state Attorney General, distracted driving played a role in nearly a million and a half New Jersey car accidents between 2004 and 2013. That's about half of all accidents that happened on New Jersey's roads during those years. This has caused state lawmakers to get tough. Our distracted driving law, NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-97.3 (2013), makes it a ticket-able offense to be caught using a hand-held phone while driving. What the state law doesn't include is other things distracted drivers do, like eating or turning to check on the kids in the back seat.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with someone you suspect was driving distracted at the time, contact a New Jersey car accident attorney at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. We've helped many people who've been hurt in accidents with negligent drivers. Let us fight the driver who injured you and their insurance company while you heal. Contact us today at (973) 635-5400.
Distracted driving happens when a driver does something that takes their eyes or attention off the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has split distracted driving into three main categories:
Anything that distracts a driver puts them, their passengers, other cars on the road, bike riders, and pedestrians in danger. Here are the most common things people do that lead to distracted driving accidents:
Texting seems to be the biggest cause of distracted driving. This shouldn't be a surprise because texting calls for the driver to use all three of the distracted driving criteria. Texting uses visual, manual, and cognitive attention.
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has helped many people and their families who've been involved in distracted driving accidents. Over the years, we've helped them secure settlements that helped to pay for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We can be reached at (973) 635-5400.
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