In New Jersey, all drivers are banned from texting while driving, and for good reason. It’s estimated that answering a text takes your attention away from the road for five seconds. If your speed is 55 mph, that’s long enough to travel the length of a football field.
Facts and Statistics
The facts and statistics are alarming and include:
- Texting while driving is equivalent to getting behind the wheel after approximately four beers (National Transportation Safety Administration)
- Eleven teens die each day due to a driver who was texting while driving (Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts)
- 1.6 million accidents occur yearly because of texting while driving (National Safety Council)
- Drivers are twenty-three times more likely to crash while texting
- Brake reaction is slowed by eighteen percent
Injuries Caused by Texting and Driving
There are a number of injuries that can result from a texting while driving accident. They include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Herniated disks
Victims of texting while driving accidents may incur property damages and high medical bills depending on the severity of the crash. Personal injury claim damages can include compensation for:
Medical Treatment – This consists of costs for hospitalization, continuing treatment expenses, and money for anticipated future medical bills.
Pain and Suffering – This refers to the physical pain and emotional trauma victims suffered.
Lost Wages – Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to receive compensation for lost wages if one’s injuries caused them to miss work.
If you have received injuries as a result of an accident caused by a person who was texting while driving, please contact us. As New Jersey personal injury lawyers, we can help you through a personal injury claim from beginning to end so you get the compensation you deserve.