Distracted Driving is defined as any time a driver is doing something that will take their attention away from the road. This can include things like talking or texting on a cell phone, eating and drinking, socializing with passengers, playing with the radio, using a navigation system or other heads up display, or any other activities that would take a driver’s full focus from safely operating the vehicle.
Distracted driving accidents in Passaic County, New Jersey, and indeed across the nation present an extremely serious and real danger, in fact in 2015, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in the US alone as a result of distracted driving accidents.
However, the good news is that if you or a loved one has been injured as the result of another driver’s distracted driving, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and damages through a personal injury claim.
At The Law Office of Fredson & Statmore, our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience helping clients to recover full and fair financial compensation for the victims of accidents caused by distracted drivers in towns across Passaic County and Essex County, including Clifton, Wayne, Bloomfield, Little Falls, Paterson, West Milford, Woodland Park, and more.
Call our office today to discuss your unique needs and concerns when it comes to any kind of distracted driving accident in a free and confidential consultation.
Simply being a safe driver by ignoring cell phones and other distractions is a great start, but there are several ways we can all have a positive influence on our community to prevent distracted driving accidents. Our Wayne Attorneys have several tips that may make driving safer for you and your loved ones.
Speak to teenagers and young adults about the dangers of distracted driving. Young people tend to have a more cavalier attitude towards potentially dangerous activities such as driving. For many teenagers, it is their first true freedom to be able to get in the car and drive off with their friends. Speak to the young adults in your life and help them to understand the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting while driving. In New Jersey, it is also illegal to use a cell phone in any capacity while driving with a Graduated Drivers License.
Set a good example. As parents, many of us are so busy it can be tempting to check that text, email, or incoming voicemail while we are on the road. Not only is this dangerous in and of itself, but that action is showing any passengers that you believe it is okay to check your phone while driving.
Take a public stand against distracted driving. There are many platforms through which individuals can voice their opinions. Community meetings, social media, and your school or workplace may all be ways to make your stance against the dangers of distracted driving. An example might be to publicly take the pledge to not text and drive.
New Jersey has historically been amongst the first states to pass and enforce laws to prevent distracted driving. The first laws were introduced in March, 2008 and have been updated to become even tougher in the ensuing years. All of the following laws fall under “primary enforcement”, which means a law officer does not need an additional reason to pull over the distracted driver.
While there are certainly other avenues we may consider to prove another driver was distracted at the time of an accident, our Passaic County injury attorneys will first see if the driver broke a distracted driving law. If a driver has been doing any of the following and caused you or a loved one personal injury, you should have a strong distracted driving accident case.
Of course, not all distracted drivers are found liable for using cell phones, but it is the most common culprit. Doing one’s make-up, eating, socializing with passengers, and a litany of other activities may all be just cause to find fault. No matter what the case, we handle each claim on an individual basis and will work with the facts at hand to show the distracted driver was at fault for your personal injury claim.
At The Law Office of Fredson & Statmore, our attorneys have over 50 years of experience helping clients injured by the negligence of distracted drivers to recover full and fair compensation in Passaic County and Essex County towns like Clifton, Wayne, Bloomfield, Paterson, Little Falls, West Milford, and Woodland Park, and more.
Our team of personal injury lawyers is led by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, and we have already won millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for our Passaic County clients. Allow us to put our proven track record of success to work for you.
To speak with our office today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your distracted driving accident, your options for recovering compensation for your injuries and damages, and how exactly we can help you to do so, please contact us online, or through our Clifton, NJ office at (973) 771-5259.