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Texting and driving, other distractions cause many car accidents

Distracted driving is a problem in New Jersey and every other state in the country. It happens when a driver engages in an activity that is not necessary for driving and that takes the driver's attention away from the road. Distractions come in many forms, including but not limited to texting and driving, talking on a cellphone while driving, eating and drinking, speaking with passengers, attending to personal grooming and other activities.

Distracted driving is dangerous, because during the time that a driver's focus is away from the road they could cause a motor vehicle accident. Depending upon the speed that the distracted driver is traveling, it could only take a few seconds of distraction for them to rear-end another vehicle, swerve out of their lane or fail to yield to a traffic light or sign. Any of these consequences of distracted driving could result in a dangerous or even fatal car crash.

New Jersey addresses distracted driving through its criminal laws, and as in many other jurisdictions, distracted drivers can be punished for their negligence even if they do not cause car accidents. However, a distracted driver who causes injuries in a crash may also be held civilly liable for the personal losses their victims suffer as a result of the accident.

Victims of distracted driving collisions are encouraged to discuss their cases with a personal injury attorney. Like other claims based on different types of car and vehicle accidents, claims for distracted driving accidents can be tolled by the applicable statute of limitations. Consultation with an attorney may be a good first step for those who have been injured in vehicle crashes of this nature.

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