Connecticut Distracted Driving Accident Attorney
Distracted Drivers on Connecticut Roadways
Although crossing the street and walking down the sidewalk are simple actions that are a normal part of everyday life for many people, being a pedestrian can be quite risky.
The proliferation of digital devices, though offering many benefits, has led to an epidemic of dangerous behavior we refer to as "distracted driving." While drivers have always needed to concentrate on the road and not let their attention be diverted by passengers or the radio, mobile phones pose a particular safety threat in motor vehicles.
Distracted driving is defined as "Any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment, or navigation system - anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people died in 2015 alone due to distracted driving. And that amount is expected to rise.
Distracted Driving: A Serious Road Hazard
The full 2015 numbers are frightening. For instance:
- 391,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes that involved distracted drivers.
- Approximately 660,000 drivers are using mobile phones while driving at any given moment during daylight hours.
- In crashes with a fatality, teens were the age group most often reported as "distracted."
- The number of drivers visibly manipulating a handheld device while driving has steadily increased, from .4% in 2006 to 2.2% percent in 2015.
The 3 Categories of Distracted Driving
The CDC defines three separate categories of distracted driving. The first category is visual distraction, when the driver takes his or her eyes off the road, for instance, to look down at a device or to read a map. The second kind is manual distraction, when the driver takes his or her hands off the steering wheel. This might happen when the driver reaches into the glove box or is manipulating a phone. The third category is cognitive distraction, which means the driver has taken his or her mind off of driving. This can happen because of passengers in the car or reading something from a digital device, for example.
Whatever form distracted driving might take, there is no debate about how dangerous it is for the drivers themselves, their passengers, and everyone else who shares the road with them. Operating a handheld device while driving is negligent and irresponsible.
Connecticut Law Is on Your Side
The good news is, if you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in which the driver was demonstrably distracted, there are laws that will protect you. In Connecticut, a police officer is able to issue a ticket to any driver who is using a mobile phone while driving, whether for talking or texting, even if the driver has committed no other traffic offense. If it can be proven that a driver was breaking this law and caused an accident, then he or she will be liable for your damages.
What a Lawyer Can Do for You
The truth is that building a distracted driving case can be challenging. It often boils down to "you versus them." That’s why you need an experienced Connecticut car accident attorney to represent you. At Naizby Law, we work with victims to build the best possible case.
Our dedicated team will get to work right away gathering evidence. We consult with investigators to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident. Whenever possible, we will seek out the phone and data records of the person who collided with you. If it can be shown that he or she was using a phone or another device at the time of the accident, this will go a long way to proving negligence.
Connecticut law allows victims of negligent driving to recover compensation for lost wages and earning capacity, medical expenses, and physical and emotional pain. Naizby Law will make sure you have the tools you need to demonstrate to the insurance company and the jury, if the case goes to trial, the extent of your injury – and get the recovery you deserve.
Contact one of our experienced representatives today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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