Driving a truck on New Jersey roads is a big responsibility. Trucks are massive machines that carry our nation’s economy in their trailers. Unfortunately, they also carry the potential for enormous harm. An out-of-control truck can end lives or change them forever. For this reason, a truck driver must always pay attention and be aware of his surroundings.
Sadly, many truck drivers allow themselves to become distracted by their cell phones. They make calls and send text messages. Texting while driving has become incredibly common, as has checking e-mail and social media. Truck drivers often use hands-free headsets in an attempt to make talking while driving safer, but many studies have shown that any conversation while driving is distracting.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in New Jersey or New York, or if you have lost a loved one in one of these crashes, distracted driving may be to blame. The lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., today can review your case. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling us at 1-800-LAW-2000 or completing our online form.
New Jersey and New York Distracted Driving Laws
New Jersey law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving unless a hands-free headset is used. Under the law, the use of a wireless telephone or electronic communication device by an operator of a moving motor vehicle on a public road or highway is unlawful except when the telephone is a hands-free wireless telephone or the electronic communication device is used hands-free as long as its placement does not interfere with the operation of federally required safety equipment and the operator exercises a high degree of caution in the operation of the motor vehicle.
New York has similar laws banning texting while driving and use of a cell phone without a hands-free headset.
While there is no law against a truck driver using his CB radio on the roads of New Jersey, it may still be possible to prove that a driver was distracted even if he was not violating the law. It is possible to be distracted by another person in the truck or by a conversation happening legally on a hands-free phone.
The distracted driving laws in New Jersey and New York are constantly evolving and getting tougher on those who talk on cell phones or text while driving. A lawyer can explain how the latest laws apply in your case.
Our New Jersey and New York Truck Accident Lawyers Help Distracted Driving Crash Victims
If you have been hurt by a distracted truck driver in an accident in New Jersey or New York, the truck accident lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will work to help you recover compensation for your losses. Call now at 1-800-LAW-2000 or use our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.