Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents in this country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 30,000 car accidents were caused by distracted drivers in 2010, and sadly, nearly 6,000 of these were fatal.
Because of the very real dangers of distracted driving, Connecticut has enacted laws limiting cell phone use while driving. Connecticut has a handheld ban and texting for all drivers. Bus drivers and novice drivers are banned from all cell phone use, including hands-free devices.
Understanding Distracted Driving
In our increasingly technological society, multi-tasking has become part of our everyday life. Unfortunately, any time you engage in an activity that causes a distraction while driving, you statistically heighten your risk of causing a serious car accident or killing someone.
Distracted driving is classified according to three main types by the NHTSA:
- Visual – When your eyes focus on something other than the road;
- Manual – When you remove your hands from the steering wheel; and
- Cognitive – When you are actively thinking about something other than driving.
Since texting involves all three forms of distraction, it is one of the most dangerous actions you can take while driving. In fact, according to the NHTSA, texting while driving can be more than six times more dangerous than drunk driving.
Experienced Connecticut Car Accident Lawyers
If you have suffered a serious personal injury in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you deserve to be compensated for the financial, physical, and emotional hardships you are now facing because of the driver’s poor judgment. The insurance company may have already offered you a settlement, but this initial offer is almost always less than you are actually entitled to as a personal injury victim.
Before you accept any settlement, take advantage of a free consultation with one of our experienced Connecticut car accident lawyers. We will even provide you with free copies of our accident and injury law books.
If you or one of your loved ones has been injured by a distracted driver, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today or call (888) 842-8466 for a free case evaluation. We represent injured car accident victims throughout Bridgeport, Norwalk, Danbury, Ridgefield, Stamford, and surrounding areas of Connecticut.