WHEN DRIVERS FAIL TO PAY ATTENTION, LIVES CAN BE RUINED
The Prevalence Of Distracted Driving In Connecticut
Distractions are everywhere. Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and respond to events happening on the roads around you. The slightest distraction, looking away, changing a radio station, answering a cellphone, even waving goodbye, can result in life-altering injuries or worse.
We see the signs all over our Connecticut highways: “Don’t drive distracted.” Yet, many people do multiple times per car trip. With that in mind, Connecticut drivers need to take extra caution when heading out on the roads. Driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near-crashes. In most crashes, the distraction occurred within three seconds before the vehicle crash.
80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction, according to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).
When you are driving, the condition of the roadway you are on and the behavior of other drivers can change abruptly, leaving you little or no time to react. When you are driving, follow these rules:
- Stay focused.
- Pay attention.
- Expect the unexpected.
Three Main Types Of Driver Distraction
- Manual distraction occurs when the individual actually takes his or her hands off of the wheel. This could be while they are talking on a cellphone, eating, putting on makeup or even waving to someone.
- Visual distraction is anything that causes the driver’s eyes to leave the road, such as texting, changing the radio or looking at a passenger.
- Cognitive distraction is not having your mind fully engaged in what you are doing.
When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined the statistics, it was discovered that up to 416,000 people were injured in an accident that was caused by a distracted driver.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim.
Our certified civil trial lawyer — a certification that fewer than 0.5 percent of all Connecticut lawyers have earned — Frank McCoy Jr. can help you secure the full and fair compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and long-term needs.
Legal Representation In The Wake Of A Distracted Driving Accident
Police departments’ investigations occur at all fatality and most catastrophic injury scenes. Interpreting this data, or determining whether it is accurate, requires sophisticated analysis.
Our firm has the substantial resources needed to determine exactly what happened to cause your crash and why. Our experienced injury lawyers consult with accident reconstructionist experts and safety engineers to make sure all the causes are properly identified.
We have decades of experience helping the victims of car accidents throughout the state, representing accident victims and their families from all areas, including Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven, New London and all of Eastern Connecticut.