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Distracted Driving Accidents

Injured by a Distracted Driver?

Experienced Distracted Driving Accident Law Firm Serving Injured Claimants in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York

If you, or someone you know, has been injured in an accident due to a distracted driver in the Massachusetts, New Jersey, or New York areas, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Distracted driving has quickly become a serious danger and a much-discussed issue by safety administrations and agencies across the United States in the past several years.

While distracted driving crashes have been occurring since motor vehicles were invented, there are more forms of distraction and a greater number of cars on the road than ever. A car accident caused by a distracted driver is not only a case of severe driver negligence but also a cause of potentially life-threatening injuries.

If you would like to discuss your legal matter, please contact Neil R. Marion Injury Law at 862-377-9079.

The Hazards of Distracted Driving

While numerous activities and devices can lead to distraction, there exist three distinct types of distraction they can induce. Although the most perilous outcome arises from all three forms of distraction, any single type can result in a catastrophic accident. As indicated by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the three forms of distraction are:

Visual: This occurs when a driver diverts their gaze from the road to engage in another activity or sight. Examples encompass texting, perusing a map, and observing a sign.

Cognitive: This form of distraction materializes when a person’s thoughts wander from the task of driving, focusing on other thoughts and activities. Although this type of distraction can manifest from daydreaming while driving, every kind of distracting activity necessitates a degree of mental concentration, thus resulting in some level of cognitive distraction.

Manual: This emerges when a driver removes one or both hands from the steering wheel to engage in another activity. Activities causing manual distraction include texting, eating, drinking, adjusting a radio station or channel, and utilizing a smartphone application.

While driving might occasionally be monotonous and tedious, with a strong temptation to partake in other activities, drivers are ethically and legally bound in the States of Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey to uphold safe driving practices.

Common Accidents Arising from Distracted Driving

Because distraction impedes a driver’s ability to respond adequately to surrounding dangers and operate the vehicle according to road conditions, distracted driving can lead to both common and uncommon accidents. Varieties of accidents caused by distracted driving include:

Rear-end collisions: Often the most frequent, these occur due to a lack of attention to decelerating traffic ahead of the distracted driver. Side-swiping: This can occur while attempting lane changes in a distracted state or when the vehicle drifts out of its lane, striking a car in an adjacent lane. Head-on collisions: A frequently fatal type of accident transpiring on narrow two-lane roads or those with shared middle turn lanes. Intersection accidents: Involving instances of running red lights and failing to yield while turning, intersections entail multiple moving parts that distracted driving might cause drivers to overlook. Crashes involving cyclists: Given that cyclists possess similar road rights as drivers, a distracted driver might collide with a cyclist. Pedestrian collisions: These incidents can transpire at intersections or on open roads – pedestrians, particularly while crossing streets, face heightened risks if drivers are not attentive. Crashes resulting from leaving the road: Distraction could lead a driver to veer off the road, causing damage to property or harm to cyclists, pedestrians, or other vehicles. As distracted driving hampers a driver’s ability to react suitably to shifting road conditions and potential dangers, preventable accidents become substantially more likely. According to the NHTSA, 16 percent of fatal crashes and 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reported cases of distracted driving.

Irrespective of the accident type, Neil R. Marion Injury Law is well-prepared to handle these scenarios and more. We recognize that distracted driving is an escalating issue, particularly as our reliance on smartphones grows, leading to greater distractions. We possess the capability to hold these reckless drivers accountable, aiding you in acquiring the necessary financial assistance for post-accident recovery.

Causes of Distracted Driving Accidents

Today, the combination of technology and an ever-growing yearning for constant stimulation has resulted in an increased number of distractions for drivers, coupled with a heightened likelihood that drivers will succumb to distraction while operating their vehicles. Contemporary distractions for drivers encompass both age-old issues and new hazards, including:

  • Eating and drinking;

  • Consulting maps;

  • Grooming; 

  • Texting; 

  • Using smartphone applications; 

  • Conversing on a cell phone; 

  • Switching radio stations; 

  • Utilizing GPS navigation systems; 

  • Talking to passengers;

  • Altering music from a CD or MP3 player; and

  • Gazing at passing signs and other visual diversions.

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