Texting while driving is no doubt dangerous. When a driver’s attention is taken off the road or highway, disastrous results happen. Texting while driving leads to serious and even fatal car, truck or bus accidents in New Jersey. Despite NJ’s law prohibiting drivers from texting while driving, drivers continue to text while driving, causing serious and fatal car accidents in New Jersey.
All types of NJ drivers text while driving, including commercial truck drivers such as tractor-trailer truck drivers. When commercial trucks are involved in motor vehicle accidents, the damages and injuries are often more serious as opposed to an accident involving 2 cars. Due to the size of commercial trucks, the collisions usually cause more damage. In addition, if the accidents happen on a NJ highway, such as Route 202 in Southampton or the NJ Turnpike, commercial trucks may be traveling at a high rate of speed. Thus, the injuries are also more serious because the trucks and cars involved are going above 55mph when the accidents happen.
Many commercial truck drivers text while driving. I have seen it, and I am sure you’ve seen it. Have you ever been behind a car and see the car veer to the right or left, crossing over to the next lane? This is called drifting, a common result of drivers texting while driving. Regular sized cars have a little more room to drift before actually crossing over to the next lane. However, commercial trucks do not due to their size. Therefore, if a truck driver is texting while driving, the truck may drift just a tiny bit to the right, clip the car in the right lane on a NJ highway and cause a serious accident.
Seriously injured drivers and passengers involved in commercial truck accidents in New Jersey have legal options and may be able to recover financial compensation from the at-fault truck drivers. Some of the financial damages they may be able to recover are:
- past/future lost wages,
- past/future medical bills,
- out of pocket expenses, and/or
- pain and suffering.
In addition, spouses of seriously injured drivers and passengers may also have legal rights against the at-fault truck drivers. These types of claims are called loss of consortium claims. Spouses have the right to recover for the loss of services from their injured spouses. Click here to see a detailed discussion of a NJ loss of consortium claim after a car accident.
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