Since the invention of the automobile, people have found many ways to multitask
while driving. While in the beginning distracted driving had more to do
with eating, drinking, talking with passengers, or reading maps, today's
distracted driving has become significantly worse thanks to advances in
distracted driving? While it still includes the above mentioned distractions, today's
distracted driving is so much more. Distracted driving refers to any activity
that takes your eyes (visual distraction) off the road, your hands (manual
distraction) off the wheel, or your mind (cognitive distraction) off the
primary task of driving.
How serious is the problem? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic in
America and in 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in a distracted driving
crash, and another 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes.
Common examples of distracted driving, include:
- Talking to passengers
- Sending and reading text messages
- Talking on a cell phone
- Operating a navigational system
- Changing stations on the radio
- Using a CD player
- Reading while driving
- Eating or drinking while driving
While all forms of driver distraction increase your chances of a collision,
texting while driving is by far the most alarming form of driver distraction there is. This
is because texting while driving involves all three forms of driver distraction:
manual, visual and cognitive.
New Jersey's Laws on Texting While Driving
New Jersey is one of the states that has enacted a statewide handheld ban
for all drivers, and a statewide ban for texting for all drivers. While
these laws are an excellent start, unfortunately thousands of drivers
violate the law every day, and they text despite the statewide bans meant
to protect New Jersey motorists and passengers.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, we urge you to contact Bergen
County Personal Injury Attorney
Brandon J. Broderick. In a free case evaluation, Attorney Broderick can explain your legal
options and steer you in the right direction.