Distracted Driver Injury Attorney Somerset County, NJ
Serving Clients Across New Brunswick, Bridgewater, Somerville, Hunterdon County, Hillsborough, Franklin, and Somerset County
Distracted driving is almost a badge of honor for some busy Americans. Why just drive when you could drive, chat on the phone, text, eat, and apply that last minute make-up as well?
Beyond being illegal, driving while distracted can also be incredibly dangerous and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of injurious auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents every year. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of a distracted driver, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Brian J. Levine is a personal injury attorney with nearly 30 years of experience serving clients in local New Jersey communities including Bridgewater, New Brunswick, Somerville, Franklin, Hunterdon County, Hillsborough, and all of Somerset County. Attorney Levine has won millions of dollars for his clients through personal injury claims, and has been included in the Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers list every year beginning in 2009. Our firm believes in a dynamic, individualized approach to legal counsel, which puts the emphasis on our clients’ needs and concerns.
Call our office today for a free and confidential consultation regarding your motor vehicle accident resulting from a distracted driver and to learn more about how we can best serve you.
New Brunswick Auto Accident Injury Attorney Defines Distracted Driving
Even as roadways get safer with reduced numbers of accidents caused by intoxicated drivers and improved safety features for vehicles, the prevalence of distracted driving continues to increase. As people become even more attached to their cell phones, texting and driving in particular is a major culprit, with an estimated 26 percent of all auto crashes involving some form of cell phone use. Forms of distracted driving include:
- Texting, sending messages, or reading messages on a cell phone
- Use of cell phone in any capacity without a hands free device (NJ law)
- Eating or drinking
- Socialization with other passengers, especially if it causes eyes to be taken off of the road
- Applying makeup, doing hair, or any other form of grooming
- Using heads up displays, radio, navigation systems, etc.
Bridgewater Distracted Driver Accident Lawyer Discusses Dangers of Distractions
The human brain may be capable of many things, but the fact remains that multitasking does take cognitive power away from our primary focus. Forensic studies have shown that even slight distractions to operators of motor vehicles can cause slower reaction times and impaired their ability to take corrective measures against sudden dangers on the road.
For a practical example, let’s examine sending a text while driving. It has been estimated that even quick glances at texts average about four (4) seconds. If a vehicle is traveling at 55 miles per hour, a four second distraction will mean your vehicle has traveled about 108 yards without your supervision. That is a huge stretch of road to cover without eyes forward.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving claims the lives of nine (9) Americans daily on average. This alarming rate is even higher for teenagers. The bottom line is that it is never worth taking your eyes off the road. That text, email, or any other notification can wait.
Finding Fault for Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers in Somerset County
While fault may seem like a foregone conclusion if your accident was directly caused by another driver who was distracted, there are actually several different scenarios which may play out depending on the exact nature of your circumstances. Our Somerset County attorney may elect to find any of the following parties liable:
The distracted driver. This is certainly the most typical avenue and will be at least part of our strategy for all personal injury claims which involve a distracted driving. As distracted driving is illegal in New Jersey, it is a slam dunk way to find fault.
Property owner or entity responsible for maintenance. In all injurious auto accident cases, our legal team will examine all of the conditions which surrounded the collision. If unsafe or hazardous road conditions were in play, we may also choose to find the property owner or manager responsible under premises liability statutes.
Another individual. While this is a legally grey area, it may be possible for us to find a sender of a text based communication at fault for your accident. For example, if a boss was sending an all caps URGENT MESSAGE to an employee whom he or she knew was operating a motor vehicle with the expectation that the recipient might read it while driving, that could lead to being found at fault.
Contact a Somerville Distracted Driving Accident and Injury Attorney Today
At The Law Office of Brian J. Levine, our law firm is dedicated to providing white glove service to individuals who have been injured in all manner of accidents, including those caused by distracted drivers. Our unique approach to personal injury law includes a dynamic and personalized process which keeps clients informed and involved throughout. This dedication to service coupled with extensive experience with local laws has allowed Attorney Levine to recover full and fair compensation for clients throughout New Jersey towns including Bridgewater, Franklin, Hunterdon County, New Brunswick, Somerville, Hillsborough, and the greater Somerset County area.
Contact our offices online or over the phone by dialing (908) 524-0123 today for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our experienced legal team regarding your distracted driver accident, your resulting injuries, and your potential personal injury claim.