In 2013, 10 percent of all fatal auto crashes and 18 percent of all crashes that led to injuries were the result of distracted drivers. This equals 3,154 fatalities and 424,000 victims of injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Distracted driving is such a prevalent problem that April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, during which the NHTSA is launching a campaign aimed at educating drivers of the dangers of distracted driving.
As ardent supporters of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the NJ car accident lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh encourage victims of distracted driving accidents and their families to contact our law firm to discuss their legal rights.
Public awareness campaign
The “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” campaign involves public awareness efforts and increased enforcement by state and local police. The campaign was announced at an event in Washington, D.C., where U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke at a demonstration about the dangers of distracted driving.
Young drivers went around a temporary test track and got a first-hand look at just how driving while distracted jeopardizes the safety of everyone on the road. Simply glancing at a cellphone for a few seconds can result in permanent disability, other serious injuries, or death.
“Distracted driving kills, there is no excuse for it, and it must stop,” said Secretary Foxx at the D.C. event. Foxx went on to note that the cost of a driving while texting ticket is the very least of drivers’ concerns.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind added, “Young people need to understand the dangers of texting and driving before it kills them or someone they love.” Rosekind went on to say that parents need to set a good example by never driving while distracted and by making it very clear to their adolescents that they have a zero tolerance policy toward distracted driving.
“These are driving safety lessons that young drivers will carry with them throughout their lives,” said Rosekind.
Eisbrouch Marsh: helping victims demand justice
For more than 25 years, the trial attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh have been providing effective advocacy services to victims of distracted driving and their families. Our NJ personal injury lawyers are staunch supporters of the elimination of distracted driving, drunk driving, and other dangerous driving behaviors. We understand the many ways in which a serious injury or a loss can throw your life off track, and we want to help you hold those responsible for your loss accountable for their negligence.
Call our law firm at 201-383-1878 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case. Our New Jersey distracted driving accident attorneys will offer expert guidance with regard to filing a negligence lawsuit.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Campaign Cracks Down on Distracted Driving, http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/u-drive-u-text-u-pay-distracted-driving-campaign
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Distracted Driving 2013, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812132.pdf