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Texting-and-Driving Accidents Archives

Texting and driving hits peak during afternoon rush hour

Drivemode, the developer of an app that allows for hands-free phone use in the car, has new data on texting habits among drivers. It appears that drivers text most often during the afternoon rush hour, from approximately 3 pm to 7 pm. New Jersey motorists may or may not be surprised to learn that, of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, those in New York text the most in that time.

Distracted driving, and what's being done to prevent it

Drivers in New Jersey may be aware that this state was the first to institute a law against drunk driving. Many believe that drunk drivers are the top threat on the roads today, but drunk driving deaths have actually decreased by one third over the past three decades. With the advent of smartphones and other accessible technology, distracted driving has become a greater threat. In a survey, 75 percent of motorists said that every day, they see at least one driver using his or her phone.

Survey finds many adults text, talk on cellphones while driving

New Jersey drivers may be interested to learn that based on the responses in a survey published in September 2015 in the Journal of Transport & Health, many adults are likely to use their cell phones while driving. Of the more than 700 adults in the San Diego area who responded to the survey, over three-quarters said they made hands-free calls while driving. Fewer than one-third were aware that hands-free cellphone use is considered as risky as drunk driving.

Distracted driving widespread problem among teens, study shows

According to a study published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, a large number of teenagers report applying makeup, using cell phones, doing homework and even changing clothes while driving. When people of all ages are taken into account, distracted driving is the leading cause of all accidents, making it important for New Jersey drivers to be aware of what factors can cause lapses in attention.

Using cellphones while driving

If you have been injured in an automobile accident due to a driver's either texting or talking on a cellphone, you might be facing significant financial losses and have ongoing medical costs and treatment needs as a result. Under New Jersey law, both texting and talking on handheld cellular devices are prohibited while driving.

Texting and driving dangers in New Jersey

Individuals in New Jersey may not realize how dangerous texting and driving can be. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, a driver who is text messaging is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than one who is not. More than 10 percent of drivers who are between the ages of 18 and 20 and who were in an automobile accident reported that when the crash occurred, they were either sending or receiving a text.

Who Pays The Medical Bills If You Are In A Car Accident?

Let's say you and a friend are in your car at a stop light waiting for the light to change and...BAM! You are hit from behind by a driver who was too busy texting on his phone. If you are thinking that surely such a negligent driver will have to pay the medical bills you incurred due to their carelessness, you are wrong.

It's simple -- don't use a phone in the car

It is a story that many may be able to tell, if the live. An actor speaking at a Distracted Driving Summit told a story of his riding a bike one day and he almost became one of the 3,328 people who died in 2012 in car accident attributed to distracted driving.

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