New Jersey state law bans any use of hand-held phones and mobile devices while driving. The ban applies to all drivers, and it is enforced against drivers who talk or text on a hand-held phone at any time while driving. There is no way to safely text and drive. Simply talking on a cellphone while driving is also a leading cause of the more than 3,300 deaths and 380,000 crash injuries that occur each year in the United States due to distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “at any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphone or manipulating electronic devices while driving.”
New Jersey statistics are startling:
- Driver inattention was cited as a major contributing factor in 42 percent of vehicle crashes in 2004 and in 53 percent of crashes in 2013, according to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.
- The Plymouth Rock Management Group of New Jersey found that 3 in 10 drivers in the state admit to sending and/or reading text messages while driving, even though 9 in 10 presumed it was against the law.
How Do Survey Statistics And Accident Data Help Your Injury Recovery?
Significant statistics such as these and others that may be more specific to your accident situation help to shape your case for the jury. At Morris, Downing & Sherred, LLP, our attorneys are not only well-informed. They are well-equipped and resourceful. We can obtain cellphone usage data from the other driver, and we can collaborate with accident reconstructionists to recreate the accident scene and its causes.
Proving Negligence And Maximizing Your Recovery
Texting and driving accidents have been on a steady rise over the last decade. Proving that it was a contributing factor in your accident may show obvious negligence by the other driver in your crash. Showing that negligence could be the difference in recovering the small amount the insurance company is initially willing to settle for and recovering the maximum compensation that covers your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, rehabilitation costs and long-term care for your injuries.
Our Newton-based personal injury lawyers represent accident victims in Sussex County and throughout New Jersey. We offer the top-tier, customized legal services that only specialist practitioners can provide.
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