You are driving back to your Somerset home after work one evening when another car crashes into you. As you stumble out of your vehicle, you have one question for the other driver, “How did you not see me? It’s broad daylight, and my car is bright yellow.”
Many people do not see a car they crash into because they were not looking at the road at the time. They were distracted while driving. According to state data, distracted drivers were a major cause in 800,000 New Jersey vehicle crashes between 2012 and 2016.
Distracted driving is a massive problem across the whole of the US. As a result, many states have introduced legislation to reduce the number of accidents caused by it. In New Jersey, it is illegal to talk or text on a handheld phone or other electronic device while driving. Hands-free devices are allowed except by under-21s or beginning drivers.
However, the use of mobile phones is just one of many forms of distracted driving. The legislation does not encourage drivers to stop other activities that take their minds off the road. These are some other things people do that distract them while driving:
- Talking to passengers
- Turning around to settle their crying child
- Changing channels on the radio
- Reading roadside adverts
- Eating and drinking
- Looking at directions
If you have personal injuries caused by a Somerset driver who somehow did not see you, chances are they were distracted while driving. While the action that distracted them may not be illegal, anyone in charge of a car has a responsibility to pay attention to the road around them. Seek legal help if you need to claim compensation.