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Distracted driving and the damage it causes

There is nothing more important when driving than keeping your focus on the road. Unfortunately, far too many drivers are distracted from the task at hand. There are many things which can distract from the attention needed for safe travel, including cellphones, eating, and putting on makeup.

None of this is an excuse. The problem is getting worse and more people are injured every year due to distracted drivers. If you or a loved one were passengers injured due to distracted driving you are entitled to assistance to making a full recovery.

More all the time

The number of injuries and deaths in Connecticut caused by distracted drivers is up. In 2016 there were 31 serious injuries, up 47 percent over 2015, and five deaths reported. Minor injuries also rose to 314 statewide.

Nationwide, the figures are even more horrifying. In 2015, the last year reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identified 3,477 deaths from all forms of distracted driving.

New procedures identify distraction

In 2017, new guidelines went into effect for crash investigations. An attorney seeking compensation for anyone injured in an accident has the right to know if the driver was distracted.

When there is an accident, one of the questions which is now standard in any lawsuit is whether the driver was “calling, texting, e-mailing, posting, tweeting, or visiting sites on the Internet for any purpose” when they were supposed to have their eyes on the road. In addition, cell phone records can be checked to see if there was activity at the time the accident occurred.

Against the law

It is illegal to drive while distracted in Connecticut under anything but emergency circumstances. State authorities are cracking down on cell phone use and holding users accountable where they can. But all distracted driving is illegal.

Passengers have rights

If you or a loved one were a passenger in a vehicle and suffered from injuries resulting from a distracted driving accident, you need to have your own representation. The insurance companies will have their own lawyers who conduct their own investigations, and they will likely try to minimize your settlement. There is nothing more important than your full recovery.

There are more tools available than ever before as Connecticut works to crack down on distracted driving and punish those who are responsible for the mayhem that it causes.

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