Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Use
According 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.
Driving and Cell Phone Use in New Jersey
Cell phone use is the number one distraction for drivers. This is because many drivers use their cell phones often and for long periods of time when they are behind the wheel. New Jersey has very strict laws about cell phone use while driving.
- Texting while driving is prohibited.
- Talking on any hand-held device while driving is prohibited.
- You may use hands-free devices but should use them sparingly.
If you are caught talking or texting on a hand-held cell phone or other wireless device, you will be fined $200-$400 for your first offence. For a second offence you will be fined $400-$600. For subsequent offences you will be fined $600-$800. For your third and subsequent offences you will also have three points added to your driving record and you may also incur a 90-day drivers’ license suspension.
What to Do if you Are an Accident Victim Due to Distracted Driving
It can be tricky to prove that the responsible driver was using his or her cell phone at the time of the accident. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to help you by finding evidence that proves the driver to be accountable. Your attorney may use the following types of evidence:
- The driver’s cell phone records
- Footage from traffic surveillance cameras
- Police reports
- Statements from eye witnesses
If you or a family member has been hurt in an accident in New Jersey, which was caused by a distracted driver, you need to talk to a legal specialist to find out how you can recover compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact the New Jersey distracted driving accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. today at (609) 240-0040. We have many years of experience working on distracted driving accident cases.
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