New Jersey Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer
Distracted driving is one of the greatest causes of roadway accidents and deaths in America. Over a four-year period in New Jersey, distracted driving contributed to more than 800,000 car accidents. Texting and driving is arguably the most dangerous form of driver distraction, taking attention, eyes, and hands away from the driving task. If you’ve become the victim in a texting and driving accident in the Garden State, arm yourself with an aggressive New Jersey texting and driving accident lawyer. Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, offers free consultations with experienced attorneys.
New Jersey Cell Phone Laws
In New Jersey, no driver can legally text and drive. There is a state ban on handheld cell phone use of any kind, as well as a separate statute prohibiting texting and driving. Novice drivers (those under the age of 21 with learners’ permits) cannot use any type of cellphone or electronic device while driving, even if it’s hands-free. Breaking New Jersey’s cell phone laws is an act of negligence that will generally end in liability for a resultant car accident.
New Jersey’s cell phone laws are “primary,” meaning police don’t need any other reason to pull a driver over and issue a citation. The fine for breaking the state’s cell phone laws is $100. If a texting driver causes an accident and injuries, however, he or she could face greater consequences than just a fine. Proof of the driver’s negligence could result in legal responsibility for victims’ medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost wages.
In personal injury claims involving a texting driver, proving fault can be relatively simple. A New Jersey car accident lawyer can call the at-fault driver’s cell phone company and issue an order of protection to preserve the individual’s cell phone records. Accessing these records could help prove to an insurance company, judge, or jury that the driver was reading, writing, or sending a text message at the time or shortly before the collision. Interviews with eyewitnesses, evidence from the scene of the crash, and expert testimony might also help prove a claim.
How Can a New Jersey Texting and Driving Accident Attorney Help?
Texting and driving is a common factor in some of the most serious and fatal car accidents – specifically in pedestrian accidents in New Jersey. If a distracted driver struck you as you were walking, your injuries are likely serious. The same is true if a distracted driver ran a red light, missed a stop sign, or was otherwise driving recklessly and collided with your vehicle or bicycle. For the most severe personal injuries, hire a New Jersey accident lawyer to look out for your best interests. Otherwise, you could end up settling for less than you deserve.
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP | Texting and Driving Accident Lawyers in New Jersey
Working with Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, grants you access to legal resources that can help you secure the best possible outcome for your case. Licensed personal injury lawyers, years of trial experience, and a thorough understanding of traffic laws can all work in your favor during litigation of a texting and driving accident claim. We’ll take care of every part of your case for you while you concentrate on getting better. While we work through your case, we’ll give you updates and information so you’re never in the dark. If you’re ready to speak to a lawyer about your recent accident, call (833) 726-6326 or contact us online today.