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Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted Driving Accidents

Smartphones are a modern convenience that can keep you informed, get you where you are going, and enable you to keep in touch with friends and family when you are away from them. Unfortunately, people will sometimes ignore their responsibilities because they are distracted by their cell phones. Distracted driving causes many accidents every year. 

Cell phones are not the only thing that can distract a driver. A person may be fiddling with the radio, talking to a passenger, or even looking for an address. 

Statistics Related to Distracted Driving

There are a few basic facts to know about distracted driving. A study conducted at the University of Utah discovered that people are just as impaired by distracted driving as they would be if they were drunk.

  • In 2019, about 7% of the 3,142 collisions on highways in the United States were related to distracted driving. 14% of non-fatal accidents were caused by distracted driving. 
  • The company Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that 36% of people take their attention off the road on trips across the country. 
  • Adolescent drivers are three times as likely to kill someone when they are distracted while driving.

There are three major categories of distracted driving. A visual distraction takes place when a person looks away from the road at their phone or people on the street. A cognitive distraction takes place when they daydream or think of something else other than the business of driving. A manual distraction takes place when they take their hands off the wheel. Cell phones can cause all three of these distractions at one time.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may be wondering how long you will take to recover and how you will pay your bills. 

Insurance Law in New Jersey

New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance. This means that a person’s own insurance company will pay for their accident-related bills no matter who is at fault. 

There are some exceptions to the no-fault law; if a person is permanently injured or disfigured due to the negligence of another driver, it may be considered grounds for a lawsuit. If a person loses the function of one of their body parts or becomes paralyzed, they may be able to sue.

A driver’s insurance will also cover injuries to pedestrians that they hit because distracted drivers often hit pedestrians.

Proving Distracted Driving

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You probably already know that when you have an accident, you should call the police, wait for them to arrive, and get the names of any witnesses that may be on the scene. However, it can be more difficult to prove that the driver was not paying attention than if they were speeding or tailgating.

When you are at the scene, you should look in the other driver’s car and see if there’s a cell phone on the passenger seat. If you see that the screen is on, it may be considered evidence that they were using it while driving.

A New Jersey car accident attorney may be able to subpoena the phone records of the other driver. Phone records will reveal if they were texting at the time of the crash. A law enforcement officer may also inspect a phone at the scene of a crash. 

If a driver was on social media at the time of the crash, they might have made a post that will be time-stamped. Many social media platforms will display the time and date of a post.

There are some very advanced cars that can monitor a driver’s activity when they are driving. They may be able to tell if a driver’s hands were off the wheel at a certain time. 

Getting the Money You Deserve

Unfortunately, insurance companies often will try to deny you the money you deserve if you have been in an accident. 

In a no-fault state like New Jersey, your own insurance company may try to prove that you were driving while distracted in order to avoid paying for all of your bills.

We will work hard to ensure that your bills are paid by your insurance company. If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, we will thoroughly research your case and fight to get compensation from the driver who injured you.

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