New Jersey enacted laws to punish drivers for holding a cellphone back in 2013. The law did not see a significant reduction in crashes attributed to distracted driving in the Garden State.
Crash data released by the NJDOT shows a slight downturn in distracted driving and motor vehicle collisions in 2018; however, the number is still significant. The legal team at Ventura, Miesowitz, Keough & Warner, P.C., wants to keep you informed of the dangers driving distracted still pose for residents and tourists alike. Explore why this deadly practice is still claiming too many lives in the state and throughout the country.
Texting and driving
Many states have now enacted legislation to make texting and driving a ticketable offense. If an officer cannot prove someone was texting behind the wheel, he or she sends the driver away with a warning. A police officer may have to witness a driver typing on the phone or holding it up to read it. While any distraction in a vehicle may cause the person driving to lose concentration on the task at hand, nothing seems to have the impact that text messages do.
Other types of distractions
Cellphones are not the only source of driver distraction inside a vehicle. Anything that causes a driver to divert his or her eyes or engage the brain in something other than driving is a potential distraction. Things like changing the radio station, speaking with other passengers, and having a dog in the car may all challenge the driver’s ability to concentrate. Any of these things may cause a driver to lose focus long enough to cause a crash.
To learn more about how to handle a car accident and an injury that may result, follow this link to our webpage.