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Distracted drivers threaten the safety and lives of Connecticut residents

With the widespread use of cellphones and other wireless technology, today's drivers are more distracted than ever. Figures related to the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities attributed to distracted driving are sobering. For example, during 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that more than 1,300 people were injured every day across the U.S. in distracted driving-related accidents. During this same year, the NHTSA estimates that some 6,000 people lost their lives due to distracted drivers.

To combat distracted driving and prevent the injuries and deaths of thousands, Connecticut prohibits drivers from texting or using hand-held mobile devices. However, while motor vehicle accidents attributed to distracted driving have increased exponentially since the introduction of cellphones, any activity that takes a driver's focus and attention away from the road is considered dangerous and distracting.

Activities that may be considered distracting to a driver include those that are visual, manual and cognitive in nature. For example tuning the radio, attending to backseat passengers and looking at GPS devices are all examples of distracting driving activities and can result in a driver causing or being involved in an accident.

Despite laws against texting and talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving, drivers in Connecticut continue to engage in these and other dangerous activities. In cases where an individual is involved and injured in a car or truck accident caused by a distracted driving, he or she may choose to take legal action.

A personal injury lawsuit filed in the wake of a motor vehicle accident may be successful in obtaining the recovery of compensation and damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, disability and loss of enjoyment of life. An attorney who handles personal injury and specifically car accident cases can answer questions and represent one's best interests when fighting to recover compensation.

Source: CT.gov, "NHTSA: DISTRACTED DRIVING FACT SHEET," Sept. 28, 2015 

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