According to an article posted on NJ.com, a 19-year-old woman from Brick, New Jersey hit two stopped vehicles as the result of texting while driving. She was taken to the hospital with internal chest and stomach injuries and two occupants of one of the struck vehicles were also transported to the hospital and treated for shoulder, arm, and leg injuries.
The woman had been using her cell phone while driving her 2002 Mazda Tribute eastbound along Route 70 when she crossed onto the westbound side and struck a 2007 Acura MDX, which was stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the Acura into a 1999 Cadillac DeVille, which was also stopped at the light. The driver of the Mazda was issued citations for using a wireless telephone to text while driving, and careless driving.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it is illegal in New Jersey to use a hand-held cell phone while driving or to text while driving. Any driver who violates these laws is committing a primary traffic offense and endangering the safety of all other occupants of the road including pedestrians.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey car accident caused by a negligent driver, such as one texting while driving, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact the NJ car accident lawyers at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400. You may also request a no-cost consultation by filling out our online contact form.