Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers in New Jersey
The Dangers of Driver Distraction
As our society becomes more dependent on technological devices such as
iPods, iPads, tablets, mp3 players, cellular phones, and navigational
systems, the dangers of distracted driving increases significantly as
do the numbers of distracted driver crashes. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the United States
9 people are killed in distracted driving crashes and over 1,060 people
are injured at the hands of a distracted driver. What is distracted driving?
Distracted driving refers to when a driver engages in any activity that
takes their attention away from the primary task of driving.
There are three main types of driver distraction and these include:
- Visual distraction (taking your eyes off the road)
- Manual distraction (taking your hands off the wheel)
- Cognitive distraction (taking your mind off driving)
What Causes Driver Distraction?
There are many forms of driver distraction, many of which have led to tragic
accidents, injuries, and death.
Some of the common forms of driver distraction include:
- Eating while driving
- Operating a navigational system
- Reading a map or directions
- Changing stations on the radio
- Operating a CD or DVD player
- Talking to passengers
- Using a cell phone
- Texting while driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), distracted
driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2011 alone,
more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents according
to the NHTSA. Of all the forms of distracted driving, texting while driving
is by far the most dangerous because it involves all three elements of
distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. The NHTSA reports that cell
phone use was reported in 18% of the distracted-related fatal crashes
and that texting takes the driver's eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds;
that's equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded
at 55 mph.
Injured? Turn to Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law for Help.
New Jersey has issued a ban on handheld cell phone use and texting for
all drivers. However, drivers continue to engage in talking on cell phones
and texting behind the wheel despite the fact that they are breaking the
law. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident at
the hands of a distracted driver, we urge you to call us at (201) 870-1909 to request a free case evaluation.