Anyone in New Jersey who drives regularly knows that it is common to see people talking on their cellphones while driving. This dangerous practice is everywhere, seemingly no matter what types of laws are passed against distracted driving. Unfortunately, it seems that there are many people in New Jersey and throughout the country who still do not understand exactly how dangerous distracted driving can be.
The statistics are harrowing
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in one recent year alone – 2019 – over 3,140 people died in America due to distracted driving. This number, of course, likely includes people who were engaged in distracted driving as well as those who were innocent victims of distracted drivers. Since distracted driving is a completely preventable behavior, even one death caused by this conduct is too much.
Anything that takes a driver’s eyes off of the road could, reasonably, be classified as a distraction. Changing the radio station, eating, putting on makeup, talking to others in the vehicle and, of course, talking on or using a cellphone: these are all common for drivers in New Jersey and elsewhere. Cellphone use, however, seems to be the ultimate distraction.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you may be able to take legal action to attempt to recover financial compensation. Such compensation could help you pay your medical bills and other expenses that are common in the aftermath of a car accident. For more information about how we might be able to help with your potential claim, please visit the personal injury overview section of our law firm’s website.