Texting While Driving Accidents
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More and more New Jersey drivers find themselves preoccupied with their cell phones while driving. Instead of focusing their attention on the roadway, drivers are looking down to check their email, log on to social media accounts or send text messages. These drivers often mistakenly believe that they are capable of multitasking while behind the wheel. The end result of this unfocused or distracted driving can be a serious car accident that endangers the lives of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
In fact, more than 400,000 people are injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Even when the driver uses a hands-free electronic device such as a Bluetooth, an accident is still more likely than a driver who steers clear of the phone. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver who was busy texting while driving, you may be forced to deal with significant pain and suffering, as well as expensive medical bills.
You should not be on the hook for medical expenses in the aftermath of a serious auto accident caused by a reckless, careless or otherwise negligent driver. Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC is a firm with aggressive personal injury lawyers who understand the nuances of NJ auto accident law and who are prepared to fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We have successfully represented numerous car accident victims throughout Union County, Somerset County and Essex County, New Jersey, including Westfield, Somerville and West Orange.
A texting while driving accident can cause severe injuries and even death. Whether the other driver is operating a car, truck, bus or other motor vehicle, any kind of accident on the roadway can have serious consequences for the individuals involved. Regardless of the nature of the accident or the extent of your injuries – which may include broken bones, burns, traumatic brain damage and spinal trauma – you could be looking at extensive medical bills. In addition to immediate medical treatment, hospital care and surgery, your damages may include:
New Jersey’s distracted driving laws are among the toughest and most strictly enforced in the country. As set forth by NJ statutes, a driver can be charged with distracted driving anytime they are preoccupied with a non-driving activity while operating a motor vehicle on the roadway. Although the law primarily focuses on the use of handheld devices such as cell phones and computers, drivers are also prohibited from eating, drinking, smoking, putting on makeup, watching videos or even talking to passengers if doing so will distract them from the road. Even hands-free cell phones are banned for certain drivers, including bus drivers and novice drivers.
If a New Jersey patrol officer spots a driver talking on their cell phone or texting while driving, the driver will very likely be pulled over and issued a ticket. If the other driver in your accident case is found guilty of using a handheld device while driving, your personal injury claim will be significantly stronger.
Driving is a serious responsibility for anyone who operates a motor vehicle. When a driver exercises bad judgment and uses a cell phone or other device while operating a motor vehicle, they need to be held accountable for causing a serious texting while driving accident. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, such as a driver who was busy texting instead of paying attention to the road, you deserve justice.
Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are experienced personal injury lawyers who will take the time needed to guide you through the complex NJ legal process and help you secure maximum compensation for your car accident-related injuries. Jon Bramnick and his team of personal injury attorneys will assist you throughout the process, including the filing of all necessary documentation. We will negotiate with the insurance company and, when necessary, we will take your case to court. You can call us day or night to discuss your situation or schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Scotch Plains, Newark, Clifton, Morristown, East Brunswick or Cherry Hill, New Jersey.