The most rapidly growing threat on the New Jersey highway is that of the distracted driver. These are people who are sober, alert, and otherwise competent. They simply aren’t paying attention. Unfortunately, their carelessness can cost innocent people their lives.
Even at relatively “slow” speed limits, vehicles are incredibly fast. They can easily travel a great distance during one fleeting moment of distraction. With minds adrift and eyes diverted, distracted drivers can wreak havoc on others before they even realize the danger.
At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we take distracted driving very seriously. Taking a car out on the roads is a heavy responsibility, and New Jersey’s traffic laws demand that drivers exercise due care.
Our office is prepared to aggressively pursue financial compensation for victims who suffer because of someone else’s negligent inattentiveness. We know New Jersey personal injury law inside and out. You can count on us to fight for every dollar you’re owed and to send a serious message about the perils of distracted driving in New Jersey.
The information below will help you better understand New Jersey personal injury law and how a Parsippany distracted driving attorney can make a difference for you and your loved ones.
How Distracted Driving Happens
Distracted driving has been a big buzzword for traffic safety ever since the dawn of the iPhone era. It’s easy to think about driver diversion exclusively in terms of smartphones, but the truth is that distraction has been around as long as there’s been transportation.
Examples of traditional distracted driving not involving a cell phone include:
- Eating and drinking
- Adjusting a radio / selecting music
- Using air conditioning or heating controls
- Reading a book or magazine
- Studying a map
- Using a GPS console or navigation system
- Talking to passengers
- Inappropriate behavior with other passengers
- Looking at billboards or other highway sights
- Applying makeup
- Styling hair
- Checking one’s appearance in the mirror
- Students completing last-minute homework on the way to school
- Cleaning the car’s interior
- Reaching for an item in another seat
- Paying too much attention to children in the backseat.
Of course, smartphones have invited a whole new slew of opportunities for distraction. These include:
- Dialing phone numbers
- Talking on the phone
- Reading or sending email
- Surfing the web
- Looking for directions
- Playing music or browsing/creating playlists
- Using Facebook, Twitter, or other social media
- Checking weather
- Monitoring traffic or searching gas prices
- Taking pictures (or browsing a digital photo library)
- Recording video
- Watching YouTube or other videos
- Playing games or using other apps
- Adjusting a phone’s settings
- Reading ebooks
- Conducting business.
All of these behaviors are inexcusable and may constitute negligence under New Jersey personal injury law. A NJ car crash attorney can help you understand drivers’ legal duties and whether you might have a case.
Get Help from a Parsippany Distracted Driving Attorney
At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., our mission is maximizing financial recovery for people who’ve been unfairly injured by distracted drivers. We understand New Jersey personal injury law, and we are prepared to hold drivers and their employers and/or insurance companies responsible for your damages.
To schedule a completely free consultation with a NJ car crash lawyer, please call us at 1-855-432-2489 or use our online quick connect form. Remember: time limits could apply to your claim, so you should take action as early as possible.
Our services are available across all of New Jersey, including Morris County, Parsippany, Troy Hills, Essex County, and the rest of The Garden State.