DISTRACTED DRIVER ACCIDENT
Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
• Using a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
According to the NHTSA, 10% of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivvers who were distracted at the time of the crashes. And, drivers in their 20’s represent 23% of drivers in all fatal crashes, but are 27% of the distracted drivers and 38% of the distracted drivers who were using cell phones in fatal crashes.
If you were seriously injured or if your loved one was killed in a car accident, another driver may be considered negligent if he or she was voluntarily distracted. Our attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble will conduct an investigation that will most likely include a review of cellphone records and email records. We will review the records to find out whether the driver was using the phone or might have sent or received a text just before the accident. If it turns out that texting or talking may have contributed to the crash, we then have an advantage when negotiating with the insurance company. Consideration of laws against texting while driving and cellphone use while driving (other than hands free) may make your injury claim or wrongful death claim more compelling. However, any evidence of preventable distracted driving can strengthen your claim, whether or not there are specific laws targeting a particular distracting activity by drivers.
Contact the New Jersey Distracted Driver accident lawyers at the offices of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. Contact us online or call at 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817 for a free no obligation consultation.