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Distracted Drivers

Bhatt Law Group has experienced car accident attorneys in Jersey City with decades of combined experience helping people with their car accident claims. Call us for a free consultation on your legal options.

Cellphones and Mobile Devices

Each year more states pass restrictions on cell phone use while driving. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that 14 states, including New Jersey and New York, ban the use of cellphones while driving. A recent study by the American Journal of Public Health links the passage of these bans to a significant decrease in car accident injuries. The study shows that hospitalizations from car accidents declined between 2003 and 2010 in states that passed restrictions on the use of mobile devices while driving.

Despite restrictions on mobile device use while driving, distracted driving continues to be a problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report showing that a crash is 23 times more likely when a driver is using a mobile device. In 30 percent of all car crashes in the U.S., drivers admit to using a mobile device right before the accident. NHTSA also found that using a cellphone while driving may be more dangerous than driving with a blood alcohol level that is above the legal limit.

Other Distractions

Although cellular phones are a leading cause of distracted driving, other situations can also cause a driver to be so distracted that they have an accident, including:

  • Slowing down and looking at accidents or other drivers
  • Eating or drinking while driving
  • Diverting attention to passengers
  • Adjusting car climate or radio controls
  • Grooming activities (applying make-up, fixing hair or clothing, etc.)
  • Reading items inside or outside the car
  • Watching a video
  • Operating a navigation system
  • Smoking

Distracted Drivers in New Jersey

The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety indicates that distracted drivers are a major traffic problem in the state. In 2014, New Jersey reported that there were 1,758 accidents related to cell phone use. These accidents injured 761 people and killed six. Distracted drivers may be held liable for causing accidents through personal injury claims. Drivers have a duty of care to other drivers who share the road, and that duty includes paying sufficient attention and focus to the task of driving. If they fail to do so, and cause a crash, then they may be held responsible.

A Jersey City Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

For more than a decade, our lawyers in Jersey City have been helping people throughout the state pursue compensation for injury claims, and we may be able to help you if you’ve been injured by a distracted driver. You may be entitled to compensation for the following past and future losses:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Loss of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages

Distracted drivers are a leading cause of car accidents in New Jersey. Texting or using mobile devices is the most common distraction and can also cause serious crashes. If you’ve been injured in a car accident because of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible party.

Call us for a free initial consultation at (201) 798-8000 so we can discuss the unique facts and circumstances of your case. One of