Despite repeated warnings and statistics as to how many auto accidents in New Jersey and across the nation happen because of distracted driving, it continues to be a challenge. To assess this concern, researchers recently released a new study showing just how prevalent it is. Since a collision will automatically spark questions as to whether distraction was involved, it is important to pay attention to the study’s results. In addition, those impacted by a crash should know the value of professional advice.
Study: 1 in 4 New Jersey drivers are distracted
A recently released study from Rowan University says that up to 25% of drivers in the Garden State are distracted behind the wheel. Using funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers on various high-traffic roads were observed using mounted cameras. Advanced technology analyzed driver behaviors to determine if they were distracted.
Interestingly, the source of distraction went beyond cellphone use. Of course, this was a primary factor in distraction, but there were others including eating, drinking, changing the radio, grooming and interacting with passengers. The road and the speed limit were also factors. Higher speed limits were more distracting. If the roads were wider, drivers were less distracted.
Twenty-five percent of fatal accidents in New Jersey are believed to be due to distracted driving. The head of the study expressed surprise at how many drivers were distracted. To try and encourage drivers to be more attentive, suggestions included putting the phone out of reach, reducing speed and altering the way roads were structured. The state is aware of the study and plans to take steps to address distraction.
After a crash
There are ways to determine if a driver was distracted in the moments before an auto accident and it could be fundamental to deciding on what to do to cover for all that was lost. If a driver is looking down at a device or behaving in other ways that remove focus from the road, it is clearly dangerous. With New Jersey having so many distracted drivers, those who have been injured in an accident must consider all the problems they will face including major medical expenses, lost income, issues being active with loved ones and more. When there is a fatality, those who are left behind must also think about the future. Having help with deciding on a strategy can be imperative.