New Jersey residents may not think that they are in danger at any given moment on the roadways of our state, but statistics show that car accidents are incredibly common – locally and nationally. In fact, car accidents are some of the leading causes of fatalities and severe injuries in America. Some of the main culprits behind these statistics are distracted drivers.
Distractions behind the wheel
So, what are some of the main distractions that can pull a driver’s attention away from the primary task of operating a vehicle safely? Well, according to a recent news article, there are several on the list. And, the first one is a distraction most of our readers in New Jersey would think of right away: the ever-present cellphone.
Since “smartphones” became omnipresent in the last few years, it seems nothing can stop some drivers from using the devices behind the wheel. Texting, calling, browsing the internet – these are all powerfully alluring behaviors that some drivers just can’t give up, even at the risk of their own lives, and others’ lives. But, cellphones aren’t the only distraction for drivers.
The recent article noted potential distractions such as: daydreaming; other people in the car, such as children – or even pets too; GPS devices or perhaps even “infotainment” in the car; and eating and drinking were all listed as potential distractions. In short, there are plenty of problematic distractions that any given driver in New Jersey might have while on the road. If any of our readers have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, they may have a potential personal injury claim to explore.