What Are the New Jersey Laws on Using a Cell Phone While Driving?

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:05pm by

Our Atlantic City Injury Attorneys Discuss Distracted Driving

Although a great deal of evidence supports the notion that cell phone use while driving is dangerous and can lead to serious car wrecks, the states are still divided on how to handle the issue. Some states have restricted a driver’s ability to use a cell phone while driving by enacting laws, while others have no laws in place to deter motorists from using cell phones. Even though cell phone use while driving has the potential to cause devastating accidents, it is important to be aware of your state’s cell phone laws.

Does New Jersey Prohibit Cell Phone Use While Driving?

As of March 1, 2008, using a hand-held communication device, such as a cell phone, is illegal in New Jersey. Specifically, New Jersey state law bans talking on a hand-held device while driving as well as texting while driving. Drivers may use hands-free devices that do not interfere with standard safety equipment, but the State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission discourages the use of hands-free devices and advises that drivers use them sparingly or not at all. A driver caught in violation of these laws faces a $100 fine.

However, the use a hand-held device is permissible in emergency situations, but the driver must keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times.

How Can I Use My Cell Phone Safely On the Road?

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that distracted driving causes roughly 25 percent of all traffic accidents reported to the police. The Motor Vehicle Commission gives some advice for safe cell phone use. These tips include:

  • Turn off your cell phone or set it to silent, so that the ringer does not distract you from driving.
  • Store important contact information on your phone before driving, and become familiar with using your phone’s speed dial and voice-activation features to avoid manually using your phone.
  • Move to a safe area on the side of the road to dial.

Even if your state does not ban cell phone use while driving, this can be a dangerous and negligent activity. Cell phone use is a particularly hazardous form of distracted driving. Research shows that any kind of cell phone use while driving greatly increases the risk of being involved in a serious accident.

I Need Legal Help After Being Hit By a Distracted Driver

If you were struck by a driver who was texting, talking on a cell phone or otherwise distracted while behind the wheel, the Atlantic City injury lawyers of Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. are ready to offer assistance. The New Jersey Supreme Court recognized our lawyers as Certified Civil Trial Attorneys, a prestigious designation held by only two percent of lawyers in New Jersey.

Our Atlantic City injury attorneys will work diligently to secure compensation for injury victims, and can give you the opportunity to recover damages for your medical expenses, lost wages in addition to your pain and suffering. Call our office today for answers to your personal injury questions and a free case evaluation.



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