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What You Need to Know: Cell Phone Laws in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 29, 2017

cellphone-driving-distracted-danger-accident-mobile-1209058_1920Distracted driving, specifically as it relates to cell phone use, has become an increasing problem nationwide, causing many states to crack down on talking and texting while operating a vehicle. New Jersey is one of these states that recognizes the growing hazard and continues to propose amendments to legislation in an attempt to make the roads safer for all motorists and pedestrians. As such, the use of handheld devices is strictly prohibited when behind the wheel with a few exceptions. These include a driver being in fear for his life or safety; to report a criminal act, traffic accident, fire, or road hazard; or to report a motorist suspected of driving under the influence.

If you are a New Jersey driver, there are a few additional things you should know about the state’s current cell phone laws: Read the rest »

Distracted Driving Kills: Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 27, 2017

driving- cell phoneIn today’s hectic world, it seems like there is a never-ending list of things to do on a daily basis. You’re not alone if you often find yourself trying to multitask and get several things done at once.

The truth, according to the National Safety Council, is that multitasking doesn’t actually work and will only decrease your ability to perform well. While this may not matter too much while you’re at home watching TV, cleaning, and cooking dinner, it’s a completely different story when you get behind the wheel. This is when multitasking turns into distracted driving, which killed 3,477 people and injured approximately 391,000 more in 2015, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Read the rest »

Why Snapchat and Driving Don’t Mix

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 20, 2017

snapchatEvery year, distracted driving becomes more and more of a problem on New Jersey roadways. With the continued advancements in mobile technology, and with the increasing popularity of social media and communication apps like Snapchat, the temptations to look at your cell phone while driving become ever greater, whether it’s to take a photo, send or receive a message, or even record a video.

In 2014 alone, over 3,000 fatalities were recorded, and 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents as a result of distracted drivers. State laws have been passed across the country forbidding the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, yet people continue to send text messages and check their social media accounts while driving. This poses a serious risk to the drivers themselves and everyone who is sharing the road with them.

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Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Use

By Lependorf & Silverstein on September 19, 2016

distracted drivingAccording to New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman, between 2004 and 2013 there were almost 3 million motor vehicle accidents throughout the state. Almost half of these involved distracted driving. Drivers can become distracted by a number of things both inside and outside the vehicle. Any one of these can cause a serious road accident. Distracted driving, whatever the cause, is dangerous and increases the risk of a vehicle accident.

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Top Frequently Asked Questions about Distracted Driving Car Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 29, 2015

NJ Auto AccidentDistracted driving claimed over 3,000 lives nationwide in 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, over 420,000 motorists were injured in distracted driving accidents.

When experienced Princeton car accident attorneys reach out to the community to help reduce the risk of distracted driving accidents, we often find that drivers don’t know much about distracted driving – including how they can help keep themselves and their passengers safer on the road. Here are some of the top most frequently asked questions about distracted driving. Read the rest »

Drive Safely this Holiday Season in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 19, 2012

New Jersey Holiday Car CrashThe winter holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drivers. Motorists have to deal with hazardous roadway conditions, reduced visibility, and dangerous driving behavior. New Jersey drivers would be well advised to practice safe driving habits and to keep a safe distance from drivers who are behaving erratically or dangerously.

There are a number of ways in which you can reduce your chances of being involved in a New Jersey car accident this holiday season. Make sure you travel at a speed that is appropriate for traffic, roadway, and weather conditions. It is also important that you keep a safe distance from other vehicles, properly maintain your vehicle, and obey all traffic control devices. It is also a good idea to be on the lookout for distracted, impaired, and fatigued drivers, especially during the busy holiday travel season. Read the rest »

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