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Representing Cases Caused by Distracted Drivers

Since the advent of automobiles, drivers and passengers have faced serious driving hazards, from higher speed limits and dangerous roads to reckless or drunk driving. Unfortunately, recent technology and innovation have only added to the risks that drivers face on the road.

Today's drivers and passengers grapple with an increased danger of distracted driving, especially in relation to the use of cell phones and texting. When a driver takes their eyes off the road for as little as 5 seconds, they can drive the length of an entire football field without noticing other drivers, pedestrians, or potential hazards. This unsafe behavior leads to approximately 3,166 deaths per year.

At Palmisano & Goodman, P.A., our Woodbridge attorneys represent clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents as a result of distracted and negligent drivers.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

Cell phone use and texting while driving has caused countless tragic car accidents in recent years. Drivers are well aware that talking on a phone, looking at a GPS device, or using a tablet computer while at the wheel is dangerous, yet many continue to tempt fate.

When a distracted driver causes your collision, they can be held liable for neglecting the “duty of care” they owed to you and all other drivers on the road.

If you are able to successfully prove fault in a courtroom or settlement negotiation, you may be able to recover the compensation you need for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wage replacement

While some distracted driving cases are straightforward, others can be difficult to prove. That’s why you need the experienced legal assistance of Palmisano & Goodman, P.A.

The 3 Types of Distractions

Looking at cell phones and electronic devices is not the only way drivers can become distracted. Operating a motor vehicle demands a driver’s full focus, which requires them to avoid all types of distractions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 3 main types of distraction:

  1. Visual distractions, which occur any time a driver takes their eyes off the road
  2. Manual distractions, which involve a driver taking their hands off the wheel
  3. Cognitive distractions, which happen when a driver’s mind wanders off driving

Even if a driver is not actively engaged with their cell phone, they can be distracted on other levels and endanger themselves and those around them.

Because it reduces the driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive skills, distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence.

Texting while driving is especially risky because it combines all 3 types of distractions and leaves drivers unable to respond to the road around them.

If you’ve been injured by someone who was texting or otherwise lacked focus on the roadway, call us today at (732) 709-4400.

Common Ways People Drive While Distracted

Distracted driving can be difficult to avoid for those that commute every day or take long trips. That’s because any non-driving activity you engage in has the potential to distract you.

Behaviors that can be considered distracted driving include:

  • Talking or texting on the phone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Talking to people in the vehicle
  • Wrangling children or animals
  • Adjusting vehicle systems
  • Navigating
  • Daydreaming

Clearly, it takes a great deal of care to avoid these behaviors, but this is the care that you owe every other driver on the road – and the care that every other driver on the road owes to you.

If someone violated their duty of care towards you, we can help you hold them accountable and recover from any damage they caused.

New Jersey Distracted Driver Accidents

If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving accident, our firm is prepared to do whatever it takes to determine exactly how the accident happened. Once we have this information, we will use it to build a strong case on your behalf.

You can count on our legal team to show how the driver was distracted, or otherwise behaving negligently, at the time of the crash.

We are here to help you receive fair and complete compensation to account for the injuries you suffered in your accident. We do not charge any legal fees unless we win and recover compensation on your behalf, so you do not have to worry about the cost of hiring a law firm.

For a complimentary case consultation with a Woodbridge lawyer, contact us now at (732) 709-4400.

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