For residents of New Jersey, motor vehicle crashes are inevitable, ranking among the most common causes of non-sports related injuries.
In fact, each and every year over 2.5 million Americans are injured in a vehicular crashes, with another 40,000 individuals losing their lives. It is no longer acceptable to continue to call these crashes “accidents” especially when our own conduct is the root cause. Increased congestion on roadways, and an ever-growing list of distractions (such as texting), coupled with an increasingly stressed and tired population, have all combined to significantly increase the number of auto truck crashes on New Jersey roadways.
While it is unrealistic to eliminate driving from our daily routines, Rossetti & DeVoto offer up advice on simple yet effective things drivers in New Jersey can do to decrease their risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash. We all have a responsibility to each other to keep our roadways safe and to reduce the risk of injury and death to our fellow citizens.
Avoid or Reduce Distractions When Driving
Cell Phones – When driving place your phone in the center console and use it for emergencies only. Even hands-free devices have demonstrated the potential to distract drivers from critical audio and visual cues that could help them avoid a crash. Most phones now offer a free service where users can set up an auto-reply message that says something along the lines of “Driver will reply following arrival at destination”.
Don’t Drive when Tired – In today’s demanding and fast-paced society everyone is tired all the time. But for those finding that they are exhausted, they should consider asking a friend to drive or to wait until they feel refreshed enough for the trip. In fact, one government-sponsored study revealed that around 37% of US drivers have nodded off at least once when behind the wheel.
Reduce “in vehicle” Activity – Riding with too many passengers or when too much commotion is going on in the vehicle can result in distractions that take focus away from the road and surroundings. This plays such a critical road in distraction that most states have now implemented graduated driver licensing laws that prohibit teens from having other teenagers as passengers for a period of time.
Avoid Eating While Driving – Eating causes both a physical and visual distraction from driving making it one of the worst things a person can do when behind the wheel.
Distracted Driving Apps – keeping teens safe on the road
Being a parent is a wonderful privilege, but also a sometimes scary role to play. This is never as apparent as when children come of driving age and take that first drive behind the wheel. During this period parents want to ensure their teens are especially wary and attentive of their surroundings and the road and avoid dangerous behaviors.
Modern technology can help stop kids from texting and driving, as well as avoid other distractions while on the road. There now exist a number of “distracted driving” apps designed to help parents and their children avoid distractions when behind the wheel. Find out which app may be best for you.
What to do In the Event of an Accident on the Road
The law firm of Rossetti & DeVoto has successfully represented individuals and families who were injured in motor vehicle crashes on New Jersey highways, turnpikes and more. In the wake of an accident, those involved often need legal support, advice and guidance.
Motor vehicle crashes often involve injuries, pain and suffering, property damage, medical bills, time off work and more. Those victimized due to the irresponsible actions of others have rights, including the right to seek recovery and compensation for damages.
Immediately after a car crash, the law firm of Rossetti & DeVoto advises that you:
- Report the crash to the police
- Assist anyone that needs help at the scene
- Take photographic evidence of the scene and of all vehicles involved
- Seek medical treatment if you are injured
- Report the crash to your insurance company
- Do not allow your vehicle to be disposed of until you seek legal advice
- Locate the insurance policy
- Reach out to the law firm of Rossetti & DeVoto for a free no obligation consultation to discuss options moving forward.
Company Name: Rossetti & DeVoto, PC
Contact Person: Louis Devoto
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Phone: (844) 263-6260
Address:20 Brace Road, Suite 115
City: Cherry Hill
State: New Jersey
Country: United States