Car Accidents with Distracted Drivers in New Jersey
There is an epidemic of distracted driving on America’s roads and highways. As smart phones have grown in popularity, annual rates of motor vehicle fatalities have begun to rise after years of decline—a rise that many experts attribute to distractions behind the wheel. Research shows the toll that cell phone distraction takes on a driver’s attention. Even when local laws ban the practice of texting or talking on a handset while driving, drivers continue to put themselves and others on the road at risk by using their phone behind the wheel.
New Jersey victims of distracted drivers may be entitled to money damages
If you’ve been the victim of a motor vehicle accident with a distracted New Jersey driver, you may have a right to money damages for the injuries you’ve suffered, including money for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Get help recovering the money you’re owed from an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney by calling the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs as soon as possible after an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Thousands paying with their lives for distractions behind the wheel
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that, in 2015, 3,477 people across the country were killed and another 391,000 were injured by distracted drivers. Other safety experts have placed this estimate even higher, arguing that many distractions go unreported as the cause of a crash. Distractions can include not just sending or reading messages on cell phones, but also retrieving items from a bag or glove box, changing the radio station, or putting an address into a GPS.
Brief tasks can result in long-lasting distractions
Drivers who use their phones or in-vehicle entertainment systems while driving may believe that, if the task is short, they can safely complete it while remaining attentive to the road ahead. Unfortunately, research shows that this isn’t the case. When drivers traveling at highway speeds focus on their phones rather than on the road for five seconds, it is as though that driver traveled the length of a football field with their eyes closed. When drivers remain oblivious to what’s happening on the road ahead for this length of time, the position of the cars or the traffic ahead of them can change substantially, resulting in serious accidents caused by these inattentive drivers.
Negligent drivers should be held responsible for distracted driving
Allowing yourself to become distracted behind the wheel is a choice. Distracted drivers should be held to account for their negligence, recklessness and carelessness in causing these types of collisions. Personal injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs has spent years fighting on behalf of accident victims in New Jersey and is prepared to get you the damages you deserve after an accident with a distracted driver. Contact him today for a no-cost evaluation of your case.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation after a New Jersey Distracted Driving Car Accident
For assistance in filing a claim for money damages after a New Jersey crash caused by a distracted driver, contact the knowledgeable and trial-ready personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation, at 973-532-9681.