Millions of Americans find it hard to detach themselves from their cellphones. Many Louisiana residents rely on their cellphones to keep in touch with the world around them. However, people may forget that engaging in cellular activities while driving can lead to a devastating car accident, injuries and death. In Louisiana, lawmakers have made it illegal to text on a cellular device while driving in hopes of decreasing the number of distracted driving car accidents that occur in the state each year.
New Jersey has also banned the practice of texting while driving. Yet, it has not stopped many people from doing it on a regular basis. One young man’s decision to text and drive led to the death of a 49-year-old New Jersey resident.
Police reported that the victim was traveling in his vehicle when he was involved in a head-on collision with another car. The man was taken to the hospital where he later passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.
After a thorough investigation and evaluation of the young man’s cellphone records by the Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, officers found that the 20-year-old man was texting at the time of the incident. He now faces charges of vehicular homicide.
The few seconds that it takes for someone to reach for their phone, dial a phone number or send a text message can lead to the death of an innocent motorist. People who have been involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver who was using their cellphone illegally may find it extremely helpful to have strong legal representation from a personal injury attorney.
Source: Press of Atlantic City, “Millville man police say caused fatal February accident was allegedly texting while driving,” Thomas Barlas, July 23, 2014.