By: Victoria A. Schall, Esq.
We all have them: cell phones. While most of us understand that using a cell phone while driving is dangerous, many continue to engage in daily distracted driving, endangering everyone on our busy roadways.
Distracted driving includes any activity diverting a person’s attention from driving their car, including texting, using a hand-held cell/smart phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using navigation systems, and adjusting the music. However, as text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most complex distraction.
As stated by the state’s Acting Attorney General, John J. Hoffman, out of some 3 million motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey between 2004 and 2013, nearly half – 1.4 million – involved driver inattention. And during that same period, more than 1,600 people were killed in car crashes where driver inattention was a major contributing factor.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident as the result of distracted driving, please contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Kotlar for help from our experienced and dedicated civil trial attorneys.