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Attorneys Protecting Those Hit by a Distracted Driver in New Jersey

Experienced auto accident lawyers hold drivers who were not paying attention responsible

Although driving feels routine and commonplace, the act of controlling 5,000 pounds of steel demands enormous responsibility. Yet, drivers often perform a variety of tasks instead of concentrating on driving. This distracted driving trend has grown steadily worse with the introduction of cell phones, smartphones, handheld Internet devices and GPS systems.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was established in 1950 by two Harvard Law School graduates in an era before drivers considered their time on the road as an opportunity to multitask. Our firm was founded on the mission of helping personal injury victims recover the maximum compensation available as efficiently as possible. We expect drivers to act responsibly and hold them accountable when they do not. If you were injured because of a driver’s inattention, our car accident lawyers are here to help.

Common driving distractions

According to data collected jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), an estimated 387,000 people were injured and 3,331 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving in 2011. Distracted driving cases are preventable if motorists do not engage in dangerous actions that take their mind or eyes off the road, such as:

  • Talking on a handheld mobile phone
  • Texting
  • Emailing
  • Reading a GPS device or a map
  • Fiddling with a radio, iPod or MP3 player
  • Watching a video
  • Grooming, shaving, brushing hair and applying makeup
  • Taking hands off the steering wheel to eat or drink
  • Turning to tend to children who are in the backseat
  • Talking to passengers

New Jersey laws governing cell phone use and driving

In response to the hazards associated with talking on the phone and texting while driving, New Jersey has passed several laws addressing the issue. Drivers in New Jersey are banned from:

  • Using all handheld devices for all drivers
  • Using handheld and hands-free cell phones for bus drivers
  • Using handheld and hands-free cell phones for novice drivers
  • Texting for all drivers

Learn more about how distracted drivers in New Jersey put your safety at risk

To recover damages from a distracted driver who hit you, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 973.366.3900 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We’ve been protecting the rights of victims for more than 60 years. With offices throughout northern & central NJ, we make ourselves accessible to you.