Distracted driving continues to claim lives, despite CT laws

For many teenagers, young adults and individuals with a busy schedule, texting has become one of life's top priorities. While some use it to stay in touch with close friends, others use it to finalize business deals or post daily events to their social media profile. There is no question that this has become a country filled with innovative technology and devices. Some people who use their cellphones while driving, however, may be the cause of a catastrophic car accident. Despite strict Connecticut legislation that outlaws talking on a handheld cellphones or texting while driving, many motorists continue to engage in these dangerous behaviors. Many people are unaware that texting while driving is responsible for killing over 33,000 people nation-wide in 2012, and injuring over 421,000 more.

Reason for concern

According to an eyewitness news report, over 3,500 distracted driving citations have been given to drivers in the Danbury area since last June. Nearly 117,000 citations for improper cellphone use have been issued in Connecticut since October of 2005, as reported by the Connecticut Centralized Infractions Bureau. State legislators are busy finding a way to lower these numbers and make the roads in Connecticut a safer place for motorists.

What is being done?

In an attempt to crack down on negligent drivers who continue to text and drive, Connecticut is taking steps to enforce the primary cellphone laws even further. An eyewitness news story confirms that those found operating a handheld cellular device or texting while driving may be responsible for paying a fine of up to $500. Insurance companies may also be informed of these violations, which could result in higher premiums.

Distractions defined

Distraction.gov defines distraction as a task that draws a motorist's attention away from the act of driving. While manual distractions require the driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel, visual distractions involve the driver taking their eyes off of the road. Cognitive distractions remove the driver's mind from the task of driving. Although texting and driving is considered to be one of the most dangerous, as it involves all three types of distractions, there are other activities that can be dangerous as well. They include:

  • Programming a navigation device.
  • Changing the radio station, CD or entertainment system.
  • Talking to other passengers in the vehicle.
  • Drinking and eating.
  • Reading.
  • Picking something up off of the floor.

When to contact an attorney

People who have been involved in a car accident involving a distracted driver should carefully consider contacting an established attorney who is familiar with handling these types of cases. An attorney may be able to help car accident victims get the compensation they need to cover property damage, medical expenses, as well as pain and suffering.