Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer NJ
Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Clients Injured in Distracted Driving Accidents in Atlantic City, NJ
The ability to effectively multitask is a skill that many New Jersey residents pride themselves on. Busy lifestyles encourage maximizing the most of a person’s time, which often leads to attempts to complete tasks even while driving a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, distracted drivers cause a significant number of car accidents on the roadways in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A distracted driver does not have sufficient time to react to prevent an accident from occurring, the damages and injuries sustained in distracted driving accidents can be extremely serious and even deadly.
At Brown Law, our experienced personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving. You deserve to receive full compensation for any expenses related to a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver’s negligent driving. Our experienced attorneys have decades of experience successfully representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, and believe that negligent and reckless drivers should be held accountable for their actions.
If you have sustained injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact our Atlantic City office today so that we can go to work to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.
Distracted Drivers in Atlantic City, NJ Pose a Danger to All Drivers on the Roadways
New Jersey has recognized the dangers posed by distracted driving and enacted legislation that makes it illegal to text and drive. It is also illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving. First offenders are fined between $200 and $400, while a second offense carries penalties of up to $600. For subsequent offenses, a driver can be fined up to $800. After three offenses, New Jersey law enforcement officers have the authority to suspend a driver’s license for 90 days.
Three primary types of distracted driving have been identified, and any one can cause an accident–in fact, texting while driving can involve all three forms of distraction. Distracted driving can be:
- Manual: where the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel
- Visual: where the driver actually takes his or her eyes off the road
- Cognitive: where the driver is not paying attention to conditions on the road.
Although New Jersey drivers can be pulled over and ticketed for using a phone while driving, many other types of distractions are not considered punishable offenses, including:
- Eating or drinking
- Reading a map
- Attempting to calm a child
- Brushing one’s hair
- Applying makeup
- Adjusting the radio or climate controls
Personal Injury Attorneys at Brown Law Skilled at Proving a Distracted Driver Caused a Car Accident in Atlantic City
Even if you suspect that a distracted driver caused an accident, it can be difficult to prove that the other driver’s negligent driving caused your injuries. In most cases, the other driver will not admit that he or she was distracted when the accident occurred, so it will be necessary to gather and evaluate evidence to establish the cause of the accident. At Brown Law, our seasoned team of personal injury lawyers will work to establish that another driver’s distracted driving caused your accident by:
- Evaluating witness testimony. Other drivers on the road may have noticed that a driver was distracted because of the way the car was moving, or because the driver was reaching into the back of the car or not looking at the road.
- Subpoenaing cell phone records. Our lawyers will obtain the cell phone records of the other driver to determine whether the other driver was using his or her phone—whether texting or making a phone call—at the time of the accident.
- Locating video surveillance. One advantage of modern technology is the prevalence of video surveillance cameras. Our lawyers will investigate the scene to determine whether any store cameras or traffic cameras can be used to prove that another driver’s distracted driving caused your accident.
When you retain our services, we will send our own investigative team to the scene of the accident to carefully evaluate the situation and gather evidence. We understand what is necessary to establish your right to compensation, and will work tirelessly to obtain the maximum award possible in your case.
Schedule a Free Consultation So Our Distracted Driving Lawyers in Atlantic City Can Begin Building Your Case Today
Our attorneys have experience fighting for our clients’ rights to compensation after a car accident, and in fighting the insurance companies who try to minimize these damage claims. We use our insider’s insight into the insurance company’s tactics to our clients’ advantage to maximize their right to recover monetary damages after an accident.
Remember, you only pay legal fees if our team of lawyers is able to recover compensation in your case. To schedule a no-risk consultation with an experienced distracted driving accident lawyer, contact our offices or fill out this online form. Our office is conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 201, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. We serve clients throughout Atlantic County including Linwood, Northfield, Hammonton, Egg Harbor Township, Pleasantville, Absecon, Margate and Ventnor.
FAQ: What types of compensation can I recover if I was injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver?
The compensation to which you are entitled will depend on the type and severity of the injuries you have sustained. Our attorneys will fight to recover compensation for all of your medical expenses, including future rehabilitative care that may be required because of your injuries. We will also work to ensure you are compensated for damage to your vehicle, any lost wages or future earning capacity, disability services, and payment for in-home assistance that you may need after the accident. You can also receive compensation for your pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.
FAQ: The insurance company says that I was 30 percent responsible for the accident. Does this mean that I can’t recover damages?
No. Under New Jersey’s comparative negligence law, if it is found that you were 30 percent responsible for the accident, your compensation award will be reduced by 30 percent. For example, this means that if you are awarded $100,000, you will receive $70,000.