Cell Phone and Texting Accident Attorneys in Central Jersey
Experienced Cell Phone Related Accident Lawyers Serving Injured Victims Throughout Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Union County and Beyond
The use of mobile devices to text, make calls or surf the internet is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 404 people died and 33,000 were injured in the U.S. in crashes involving use of cell phones in 2014.
New Jersey bans all drivers from using handheld cell phones or texting while driving, yet many drivers continue to talk and text on the road. Multiple studies show that driving and talking on a hands-free device is no more safe than driving while holding a phone. While evidence of the dangers of talking and texting while driving continues to build, innocent people are being injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by the actions of distracted drivers.
Experienced Legal Help for the Injured
The attorneys of Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., are experienced in representing clients who were injured in accidents caused by the other driver’s cell phone use and texting. We work with respected experts who can analyze the evidence and provide authoritative opinions on whether the other driver’s actions caused the accident.
Our law firm has more than 35 years of experience and an impressive record of success. We have obtained more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including those injured by distracted drivers. We have the resources, skills, and experience to help you. To arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation, please call any of our offices or contact us online.
The Problem With Texting and Driving
Reading, composing and sending texts while driving all pose significant risks.
- Texting and driving causes 1.6 million accidents per year according to the National Safety Council
- Texting and driving is responsible for 330,000 injuries per year according to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
- Texting takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. In five seconds at 55 miles per hour, a texting driver would cover the length of a football field without ever looking at the road
Texting While Driving: As Dangerous as DWI
Drivers who text have a hard time staying in their lane and maintaining a constant speed. Multiple studies have compared the performance of those who text behind the wheel to those driving under the influence of alcohol.
The National Highway Safety Administration reports that texting while driving increases the likelihood of a crash by 23 percent. That’s about the same as driving after consuming four drinks.
An experiment by Car and Driver magazine showed that both reading and sending texts while driving were more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.
Talking on the Phone While Driving
Talking on a mobile device while driving is dangerous as well, even if you use a hands-free device.
A study by the University of Utah found that “the impairments associated with using a cell phone while driving can be as profound as those associated with driving while drunk.” Drivers talking on cell phones “had slower reactions … and were involved in more accidents” than those driving while intoxicated. The difference between those using hand-held and hands-free mobile devices was insignificant.
Another study found that drivers talking on cell phones took 40 percent longer to react to seeing a pedestrian in a crosswalk whether they were talking on a hands-free phone or a handheld device.
Contact Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A.
If the accident that injured you involved a driver who was texting or talking on a mobile phone, it is important to speak to an attorney about your case. Please contact Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., to arrange a free initial consultation and case assessment.
From our offices in Edison, Brick and Freehold, our personal injury lawyers represent people injured in motor vehicle accidents throughout New Jersey.