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New Jersey car accidents caused by texting

Car accidents caused by distracted or negligent drivers can have devastating consequences. New Jersey car accidents caused by texting have been a serious problem for many officials for some time. What may seem like a quick glance or minuscule distraction in looking at a text message could unleash an emotional downpour of grief and despair when people are injured or killed in a resulting crash.

Recently, it was decided in a New Jersey court that potential responsibility for car accidents could in fact land on the person who sent a text to the driver. The campaign to end texting and driving has now stretched even further with the potential to eradicate the practice altogether. A national cell phone service provider has launched information programs to educate drivers on the dangers of texting and driving, including the opportunity to make a pledge against the practice.

Supposedly this New Jersey decision for shared liability in texts and car accidents was instigated by a previous collision. The injured party apparently sought restitution not only from the driver of the other vehicle, but the person who was texting him at the time of the crash. Perhaps the threat of legal action will allow people the opportunity to question if they should send a text to someone they know is on the road.

A report released by the National Highway Transportation Administration shared that a person who is operating a motor vehicle while texting is similar to a person driving after having 4 alcoholic drinks. When fatalities or serious injuries are associated with New Jersey car accidents caused by texting, taking proactive action to gain civil justice may help victims or their families during such a stressful situation. The ability to respond quickly may be paramount should legal discourse be necessary. This may include interviews of those involved in the accident and research of insurance benefits in addition to restitution for the liable party.

Source:, N.J. court: Texting a driver comes with accident accountability, Tiffany Owens, Sept. 4, 2013

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