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Fatal accidents caused by cellphone use

Despite the many laws in place to deter cellphone use while driving, every year, there are accidents throughout New Jersey as well as the rest of the country that lead to serious injury and death. Technology has brought a lot of good to the world; however, it has also led to a variety of issues, including a rise in distraction-related car accidents.

According to the National Safety Council, there is an under-reporting of cellphone use in fatal accidents for a variety of reasons:

-- Drivers are not forthcoming regarding the cause of their accident-- Drivers are unable to communicate what happened in the accident due to their death or a serious injury-- It is a challenge to obtain cellphone records to determine if this could have been the cause of the accident-- There is no cut and dry, standardized way to pinpoint cellphone use in an accident

Every state has its own laws on how drivers are and are not allowed to use their cellphones while behind the wheel. In New Jersey, for example, it is illegal to talk or text on a handheld device while driving a vehicle. This is more strict than many states in which texting and driving is illegal, but talking and driving is legal.

Fatal accidents are often times the result of distracted driving, including cellphone use. You can protect yourself by avoiding this activity while behind the wheel. If a loved one has been killed by a distracted driver, the advice of an attorney can be helpful in determining if pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit is worthwhile.

Source: National Safety Council, "Crashes involving cell phones: Challenges of collecting and reporting reliable crash data" Sep. 10, 2014

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