We have discussed the dangers of texting while driving accidents in our blog in the past. Scarily, in 2011, at least 23 percent of auto accidents involved a person using a cell phone at the time of a crash. The total number of crashes resulting from texting while driving that year was estimated to be at 1.3 million.
Frighteningly, it is estimated that at any time about 660,000 drivers in America are using cell phones or electronic devices while driving. This is not without consequence. Sadly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in distracted driving accidents in the U.S. each day.
Remember, New Jersey has a handheld device ban—drivers who knowingly text while driving can face fines and greater criminal charges if they are involved in an accident. In addition to heightened criminal charges, if you cause an accident due to distracted driving resulting in injuries or death, you can be held liable via a lawsuit.
Make sure that you are safe by avoiding distractions. It is common to see motorists on Atlantic City roadways texting while driving—avoid this. Make sure that your attention is directed on the road and not an electronic device.
Middle Township Mother Allegedly Texting in Crash That Kills Daughter
We bring up distracted driving because recently the mother of an 11-year-old girl killed in a Middle Township accident last year was charged with vehicular homicide, because she was allegedly using a cell phone at the time of the crash.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, Kristen J. Williams, formerly Kristin J. Conner, 40, of Lower Township, crashed a pickup truck into a utility pole on July 9, 2014. Her daughter, Morgan Avery Ferguson, was ejected from the truck and died because of her injuries.
Prosecutors say that at the time of the accident, Williams was texting—she has been charged with vehicular homicide, endangering the welfare of a child and causing death while violating safety laws.
As this case allegedly shows, distracted driving can be deadly. Again, stay safe by putting your cell phone away if you are driving. Remember, our firm is here to field your questions following an auto accident. Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of victims.
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Targan Talk: Studies indicate that nearly half of all high school students 16 years or older admit to texting while driving.