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The Reality of Distracted Driving

As new Connecticut laws are now beginning to reflect, distracted driving is dangerous not only to the negligent drivers themselves, but to anyone else out on the road. For this reason, hand-held cell phone use has now been banned across the state, as well as most of the country. Unfortunately, however, this has not stopped countless drivers from engaging in this illegal activity or from taking their attention away from the road in a variety of other ways. In today's technology-driven society, there are a multitude of ways in which a driver can distract themselves from their surroundings while behind the wheel-including texting, sending an email, using a navigation system, listening to loud music or even talking hands-free on their cell phone. Because of this, distracted driving accidents account for more than 448,000 injuries in the United States each and every year, as well as close to 5,500 fatalities.

Statistics show that around 18% of all injuries that are sustained in auto collisions each year are caused by distracted driving. One reason for this may be that using a cell phone while driving, including talking or texting, can reduce necessary brain activity by 37%-meaning that a distracted driver is 4 times more susceptible to getting in an accident. This very really problem is posing a threat to countless unsuspecting drivers that happen to be in the vicinity of a negligent individual, and for this reason, the law allows for an accident victim to pursue compensation from the responsible party. In the wake of a serious auto collision, one may be faced with a life-altering injury, unmanageable medical expenses and lasting emotional trauma, and all of these consequences of distracted driving are compensable under Connecticut law. As such, if you have been involved in an accident at the hands of an irresponsible driver, you should not hesitate to explore your legal options.

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