Technological Advances that May Lead

to More Car Crashes in New Jersey
Technological Advances that May Lead to More Car Crashes in New Jersey

As an attorney that specializes in accident cases in New Jersey such as Bayonne, Jersey City, North Bergen, and Union City, I have been increasingly aware of risks and the number of accidents caused by distracted driving. New Jersey lawyers handing car accident cases here in New Jersey need to be aware of the risks and the likelihood that distracted driving caused their client’s injuries.


Government studies show that distracted driving is as dangerous as drunken driving.  People are already often distracted by cell phones and bluetooth technology but now we may be able to add another potential danger to the list:  Googleglass.  The Federal Government has conducted studies that show in 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving accidents.

The Government describes distracted driving as  “. . .a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways.”  Google Glass is a new wearable computer device that allows you to answers texts message, read emails, record videos, take pictures, etc. and you could conceivably try to do this while driving your automobile.   Some experts say that this device can distract a driver for a few seconds which is enough time to cause a serious accident.  Some experts believe that the risk of distraction that Google Glass poses while driving is comparable to the use of handheld devices such as cell phones while driving which are already banned in 40 states.

According to Reuters, Google is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass, marking some of the first clashes over the nascent wearable technology. Some eight U.S. states are considering regulation of Google Glass, a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame. Law enforcement and other groups are concerned that drivers wearing the devices will pay more attention to their email than the road, causing serious accidents.

Technology is constantly improving in our society but it also starts to create a higher risk of distraction while driving.  As an attorney who has handled over 1,000 motor vehicle cases in my career, many of which occurred here in Jersey City, I am always quick to question whether distracted driving may have caused or contributed to an accident.

A generation ago, the significant potential distraction was a teenager playing music too loud in the car with their friends.  Now, technology is quickly adding to that list.  I have represented people hurt in crashes due to cell phone usage, talking on a cell phone, texting while driving.  At some point, perhaps we will all be sitting in cars that drive themselves.  However, until that happens, we will be at risk that the technology will hurt more of us here in Hudson County, Jersey City, Bayonne, North Bergen along all our roads, such as Kennedy Boulevard, Route 440 and Route 1 & 9.

John Burke