By Andrew R. Bronsnick
How many times have you seen a car zip by you while the driver is clearly looking down at a mobile device instead of the road? Or a driver who runs a red light while taking a big gulp of a coffee? Or a car packed with people blasting music and unable to hear emergency sirens?
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, and distracted driving is rightfully on everyone’s minds. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as:
“…any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
Distracted Driving Statistics
NJ distracted driving facts are alarming and concern everyone, whether you’re a driver or passenger or how short your drive may be. Some distracted driving facts regarding NJ and the U.S. include:
- The NJ DOT reported that hand-held and hands-free phone use contributed to 1,395 accidents in 2017.
- End Distracted Driving (org) reported that nearly 10 Americans die each day, and more than 1,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.
- One prominent study concluded that cell-phone drivers exhibited greater impairment than intoxicated drivers (when controlling for driving conditions and time on task).
The NHTSA advises that drivers should never take their eyes off the road for more than two seconds at a time. In a recent New York Times article, a spokesman for the Auto Alliance, a manufacturers’ trade group, echoed those sentiments: “The odds of a crash double if your eyes are off the road for more than two seconds.”
NJ Distracted Driving Facts In Plain Sight
Head-on collisions in these areas will continue due to the deadly combination of inadequate lane dividers and distracted driving. In fact, several of our clients have come to us due to an injury or crash that occurred on these roadways and distracted driving was a factor.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driving injury in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to communicate with the insurance companies, investigate the cause of the incident, obtain videos and cell phone records, identify witnesses, prove who was at fault and properly evaluate and present your injuries to ensure you receive maximum compensation.