It Is Never Safe to Text and Drive

Distracted driving is a major contributing factor in many of the thousands of motor vehicle accidents that occur on New Jersey roads each year. Cellphone use, particularly texting while driving, has become one of the most prevalent forms of distracted driving in recent years, even though texting while driving is against the law in our state.

At Markowitz O'Donnell, LLP, we represent clients who have been seriously injured in auto accidents throughout New Jersey. Many of our clients are drivers, passengers and pedestrians who have fallen victim to a distracted driver.

Our lawyers understand the burden you now face as a result of medical bills, lost income and the other expenses incurred as a result of your injury. We will fight for the full and fair compensation you need to make ends meet going forward.

What Is New Jersey's Law on Texting While Driving?

The law in our state is simple and clear: The use of hand-held cellular telephones is illegal. And it has been illegal since 2004. Sending text messages while behind the wheel has been illegal since 2008. Drivers who violate the law can be pulled over and cited, even if they were not speeding or violating any other traffic law. Despite these clear rules, however, too many drivers still text and talk while driving, leading to serious car accidents, truck wrecks and other crashes.

How Does Texting Affect a Personal Injury Claim?

At the beginning of an auto accident case, our attorneys conduct an investigation into the event and gather evidence. Often, we obtain the at-fault driver's cellphone records, which can show whether or not the phone was in use and whether a text message was sent or received at the time of the crash. If the answer is yes, then we are at an advantage when negotiating with the insurance company.

Insurance company lawyers understand that texting while driving is seen as irresponsible and dangerous. They know that if the case goes to trial, it is likely that jury members would not view favorably a driver whose texting caused a crash. Rather than risk going to trial, they may prefer to settle with the injured person out of court.

Our attorneys will fully investigate your accident, explain each step of the process and make sure your rights are protected. If indeed the insurer is willing to settle for a fair value, we will advise you accordingly. If instead the case needs to go to court, you can be confident that our decades of personal injury trial experience will be put to good use.

We Are Here to Help

If you were injured in an auto accident in Lawrenceville, Mercer County or anywhere in New Jersey, the attorneys of Markowitz O'Donnell, LLP, can investigate whether texting was involved and will proceed accordingly. For a free consultation, please call 609-482-3138 or 866-437-1189 or email our office.