Distracted Driving Accidents

Using a Handheld Cell Phone While Driving Is Dangerous — and Against New Jersey Law

Drivers are becoming more conscious of the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey have joined the public safety campaign, advocating for making the car a "no phone zone."

There's a good reason to "put down the phone and just drive." Car accidents caused by using cell phones are on the rise. Using a phone while driving is dangerous. Drivers talking on the phone are as likely to cause an accident as a driver with a .08 blood alcohol content, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The same study showed that distracted drivers are four times as likely to cause a car accident as other motorists are.

New Jersey has strict laws aimed at decreasing the number of car accidents caused by using cell phones. It is illegal for all drivers to use a handheld cell phone while driving. The new distracted driving law went into effect in 2008. In 2008, cell phone use contributed to almost 2,000 New Jersey car accidents.

Talking or Texting While Driving Accidents and Injury Victims' Rights

Why is it important for accident victims to know when car accidents are caused by using cell phones? Cell phone use while driving is clearly negligent behavior. Proving negligence on the part of the other driver helps the car accident injury victim recover full compensation for economic losses and pain and suffering.

As a New Jersey lawyer with more than 35 years' experience, attorney Michael P. Burakoff knows exactly how important it is to investigate car accident causes — including the possible use of cell phones. At our law firm, we request cell phone records as a standard part of post-accident investigation on behalf of injury victims.

If you or a family member has suffered serious injury in a New Jersey car accident, hire a personal injury lawyer who knows how to conduct a thorough investigation, knows how to negotiate with insurance companies for fair settlements and is prepared to try your case before a jury, if necessary.

To learn more about the services we offer at The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A., contact us to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation at one of our convenient New Jersey offices: in Morristown, West New York and Newton.