Distracted driving is deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,450 people in 2016. Unfortunately, individuals continue to let their attention wander when they are behind the wheel, despite knowing the risk of being involved in an auto accident.
Cell phones are one of the most common driving distractions. Using a cell phone tends to take a driver’s eyes and/or mental focus away from the road. The NHTSA estimates that at least 481,000 drivers use their cell phones when they are behind the wheel during the day.
New Jersey Cellphone Use Laws for Motorists
Generally speaking, it is illegal for any driver in New Jersey to talk on a cell phone or text while driving. It is considered a primary offense to engage in these behaviors, meaning a law enforcement officer can stop a car and issue a citation to the driver.
Subsequent offenses often carry greater fines, motor vehicle point deductions, and temporary license suspensions. Additional restrictions apply to certain classes of drivers, such as those employed in public transportation.
There are a few exceptions to the ban on texting and cell phone use in New Jersey. Drivers can make a one-handed call if they fear for their safety, suspect a crime, or need to report an emergency. Also, if the device is in hands-free mode, the use may be considered lawful.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the road is safe for other drivers. Always follow the cell phone use laws that govern your state. Using a cell phone may still violate other distracted driving laws, even if your state has not enacted specific bans on hand-held electronic devices.
Distracted driving deaths and injuries are completely preventable if every driver can commit to keeping their attention on the road. Safe drivers know that when they are behind the wheel, everything else can wait.
Were You Injured by a Distracted Driver?
Drivers who choose to prioritize a call, text, song change or other interaction with their cell phone above the safety of others are making a negligent and often illegal decision. If you were injured by someone who was using their phone while driving, you deserve justice and compensation.
Our experienced attorneys know New Jersey distracted driving laws inside and out. We will pursue the maximum compensation that you deserve for your injuries. You should not have to suffer under the burden of medical expenses, vehicular damages, and emotional distress.
If you lost a loved one to an accident caused by a distracted driver, our compassionate lawyers we will help you fight for justice on their behalf. Our goal is to provide honest legal representation and act as fierce advocates for your best interests during this difficult time.
Contact the distracted driving attorneys at Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC for a free case review today by dialing 732-617-8050. We are proud to represent clients in Englishtown, Newark, Jersey City, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, and nearby areas of New Jersey.