Car accidents that take place on Connecticut roads and highways may be caused by distracted drivers, impaired drivers or because of a defective vehicle. They may also be caused by poor weather or the presence of an animal trying to cross the road. In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries or property damage caused by the actions of a negligent driver.

Causes of distracted driving

Technically, anything that you do that takes your attention away from the road can be classified as a distraction. For instance, looking back to reprimand a loud child could be a distraction because it forces you to take your eyes off the road. Eating, applying makeup and using a cellphone are also tasks that can take your attention away from what other drivers are doing.

What constitutes impaired driving?

You should not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance. Therefore, you could be at fault for an accident that occurred while you were drunk or under the influence of drugs. You could even be at fault for an accident that took place after you took prescription medication. This is because prescription medication can make you drowsy or otherwise make it harder to drive safely.

Failure to maintain a vehicle can cause a crash

Failing to maintain your vehicle could result in a flat tire, brakes that don’t work properly or other safety issues. Ideally, you will have your car inspected at least once a year and follow other guidelines established by the vehicle’s manufacturer. It is also a good idea to respond to open recalls in a timely manner to ensure that your car works properly each time you drive it.

If you are involved in an auto accident, it may be a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney to help with your case. This person may help you file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires or take other steps to maximize the odds that you obtain a favorable outcome.