Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Helping Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents in Freehold, NJ
Far too often, drivers make phone calls and send text messages while they are behind the wheel. Many drivers wrongly believe that they can multitask while driving. Distracted driving endangers everyone, including drivers, passengers, and bystanders. In fact, distracted driving can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
You do not deserve to be stuck with the bill for an accident caused by a careless driver. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the personal injury lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., can help. Our attorneys have obtained more than $400 million for our clients with personal injury claims. We serve clients throughout New Jersey, including Middlesex County, Ocean County, and Monmouth County.
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Distracted Driving Poses Serious Dangers and Leads to Motor Vehicle Accidents
Distracted driving occurs anytime a driver is preoccupied with a non-driving activity. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 more than 3,300 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic accidents involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is a particular problem for younger drivers. Distracted driving causes auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. According to the NHTSA, 11 percent of all fatal accidents involving drivers under the age of 20 were caused by distracted driving.
Drivers can be distracted by many things, such as:
- eating or drinking
- texting or talking on a cell phone
- reading maps or paying attention to a navigation system
- personal grooming or applying makeup
- adjusting the radio
- watching a video
- talking to passengers in the car.
New Jersey bans the use of all hand-held devices while driving. This includes cell phones, GPS units, and tablet computers. Police officers will not hesitate to issue citations to drivers who were distracted by the use of a hand-held device. Additionally, NJ imposes a limited ban on hands-free cell phone use. In addition to banning all hand-held devices, New Jersey also bans hands-free cell phone use for bus drivers and novice drivers.
The federal government recognizes the dangers posed by cell phone use while driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) specifically restricts the use of cell phones by truck and bus drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). A CMV driver cannot reach for or hold a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication. The federal government also recognizes just how dangerous it is for drivers to text message while driving. The FMCSA specifically prohibits interstate truck and bus drivers from texting while operating a CMV.
Distracted driving can lead to serious car accidents, including rear-end collisions. Distracted driving is often a factor in truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and boating accidents. Additionally, in distracted driving accidents, it is not uncommon for speeding to be a contributing factor.
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If you’ve been involved in a car accident and injured by a distracted driver, you may be feeling overwhelmed and helpless. You should be focused on recovering from your injuries, but that can often be difficult when bills are piling up and the responsible parties are trying to avoid liability. Let an experienced personal injury lawyer handle the legal issues while you focus on your recovery.
At Lombardi and Lombardi, our lawyers will take on a personal injury case work vigorously to maximize the compensation. For information about your rights after an accident, call our personal injury attorneys or use our online contact form. We have an office conveniently located in Edison, NJ, and we offer weekend and evening appointments. We also handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if we win your case.