2017 Driver Resolutions – Don’t Drive Distracted
The new year is a time for resolutions, promises we make to ourselves to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. For New Jersey drivers, no 2017 pledge would be more impactful than agreeing not to drive while distracted.
There is no other way to say it: distracted driving kills. Check out these statistics put out by the New Jersey Department of Law and Safety.
- Nationwide, in 2014, an estimated 431,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver.
- In New Jersey, distracted driving contributed to nearly 800,000 motor vehicle crashes from 2010 to 2014.
- 10% of the drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident.
- Frighteningly, at any given daylight moment across the United States, approximately 660,000 drivers are using an electronic device while driving.
- Headset cell phone use is not significantly safer than hand-held use.
These sobering statistics point to an epidemic of mobile device use while driving, a phenomenon that has made New Jersey’s roads and highways more dangerous and puts everyone’s safety at risk.
The reality is that despite the pervasiveness of the problem, we often don’t realize how our own habits are contributing to the hazards. During long commutes, drivers often multitask in their cars. Parents can get distracted by their children in the backseat. The list is long, and includes all of the following common activities:
- Adjusting the controls on a car radio or portable music player
- Programming a destination in a GPS device
- Reading a map or written directions
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming
- Speaking with a passenger
- Tending to misbehaving children, or
- Talking or texting on the phone
Unfortunately, even if we modify our own behaviors, we are still being put at risk by the distracted driving of others. Distracted driving accidents are also among the most difficult to prove, as there is often no eyewitness account of the risky behavior to help support a claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a distracted driving accident, you’ll need an experienced team of attorneys to represent you. In order to receive all the compensation you deserve, you might need to analyze police and medical records, consult with accident reconstruction experts, and find witnesses to help corroborate your account. If your accident occurred near a traffic or surveillance camera, you’ll want to obtain any potential video of the incident. Most importantly, you’ll need legal representative to review the cell phone records of the other driver to determine whether talking or texting was a factor in the accident.
Our New Jersey distracted car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have handled numerous distracted driving cases and we understand the most effective methods for finding evidence and establishing liability. Call us today at (609) 240-0040 and schedule a free consultation to find out how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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