New Jersey Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers

According to the state Attorney General, distracted driving played a role in nearly a million and a half New Jersey car accidents between 2004 and 2013. That’s about half of all accidents that happened on New Jersey’s roads during those years. This has caused state lawmakers to get tough. Our distracted driving law, NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-97.3 (2013), makes it a ticket-able offense to be caught using a hand-held phone while driving. What the state law doesn’t include is other things distracted drivers do, like eating or turning to check on the kids in the back seat.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with someone you suspect was driving distracted at the time, contact a New Jersey car accident attorney at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari. We’ve helped many people who’ve been hurt in accidents with negligent drivers. Let us fight the driver who injured you and their insurance company while you heal. Contact us today at (973) 635-5400.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving happens when a driver does something that takes their eyes or attention off the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has split distracted driving into three main categories:

  • Manual Distraction: any time a driver takes their hands off the wheel
  • Visual Distraction: any time a driver takes their eyes off the road
  • Cognitive Distraction: any time a driver isn’t paying attention to surroundings

Common Distracted Driving Actions

Anything that distracts a driver puts them, their passengers, other cars on the road, bike riders, and pedestrians in danger. Here are the most common things people do that lead to distracted driving accidents:

  • Adjusting the radio, air conditioner, or anything else in the car
  • Checking phone messages
  • Grooming in the rear view mirror
  • Reading
  • Talking on the phone
  • Talking to passengers
  • Texting
  • Watching phone videos

Texting seems to be the biggest cause of distracted driving. This shouldn’t be a surprise because texting calls for the driver to use all three of the distracted driving criteria. Texting uses visual, manual, and cognitive attention.

Distracted Driving Information

  • Distracted driving is the leading cause of auto accidents. (Cellphone use is the most common reason for accidents.)
  • According to the NHTSA, there are about 700,000 drivers using their cellphones at any given daylight moment across the U.S.
  • In 2012, there were over 400,000 injuries and nearly 3,500 deaths caused by distracted driving in the U.S.
  • In New Jersey, distracted driving has been linked to over 750,000 car accidents since 2009.
  • New Jersey is one of nine states that’s banned hand-held cellphone use while driving. It’s also one of three dozen states that has banned texting and driving.
  • In New Jersey, a first offense for texting and driving comes with a fine between $200 and $400. Second offense fines are $400 to $600. Subsequent offenses come with max fines of $800.
  • New Jersey drivers can get their license suspended for 90 days after three texting and driving offenses.

Contact Our NJ Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys

Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has helped many people and their families who’ve been involved in distracted driving accidents. Over the years, we’ve helped them secure settlements that helped to pay for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We can be reached at (973) 635-5400.