Distracted Driving

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Connecticut Laws on Distracted Driving

In Connecticut, distracted driving laws are as follows:

  • No one can use a hand held mobile device while driving- adults must use hands-free devices while talking on phones
  • No bus driver can use a cell phone while driving
  • No driver under 18 can use a hand held or wireless mobile device while driving
  • No driver is allowed to text while driving
  • Use of video game players and DVD players are banned for drivers
  • No person is to engage in any activity not related to driving that interferes with driving safely

Common Injuries in Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted driving encompasses a range of activities that divert a driver's attention from the road. Whether it's texting, adjusting the radio, or engaging in a conversation, these distractions can lead to severe accidents, resulting in various injuries. Some of the most common injuries may include:

  • Whiplash and Neck Injuries: The sudden impact of a distracted driving collision can cause the head to jerk violently, leading to whiplash and other neck injuries. These injuries can result in long-term pain and discomfort, affecting the victim's overall quality of life.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Head injuries are common in accidents where a driver is not fully focused on the road. TBIs can vary from mild concussions to severe, life-altering brain damage, impacting cognitive functions, memory, and emotional well-being.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures: The force of a distracted driving collision can lead to broken bones and fractures. Victims may demand extensive medical treatment, including surgeries and rehabilitation, to recover fully.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: The spine is particularly vulnerable in high-impact accidents. Spinal cord injuries often lead to paralysis or loss of motor function, significantly affecting the victim's independence and quality of life.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Strains, sprains, and other soft tissue injuries are common in distracted driving accidents. These injuries can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility, needing ongoing medical care.

What Damages Could be Recovered in a Distracted Driving Accident Claim?

Potential damages may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Recovering the costs associated with medical treatment, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost Wages and Future Earnings: Compensation for the income lost due to time away from work during recovery, as well as possible future earnings if the injuries result in a reduced capacity to work.
  • Pain and Suffering: Seeking damages for the physical and emotional pain endured as a result of the accident and subsequent injuries.
  • Property Damage: Restitution for repairing or replacing damaged vehicles and personal property.
  • Wrongful Death Damages: In instances where a distracted driving accident leads to the tragic loss of a loved one, pursuing compensation for funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and other related damages.

More Car Accident Statistics

In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day more than 15 people are killed and more than 1,200 people are injured in crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver. With the invention of the smartphone, we constantly hear news about accidents that were caused by an individual texting or updating their Facebook page as they drove.

Government Statistics

According to Distraction.gov:

  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were distraction-affected crashes
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash
  • 45% of American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger
  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%

Contact Our Distracted Driving Accident Attorney in Hartford Today

At David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC, our Hartford distracted driving accident lawyer, is committed to advocating for your rights and securing the compensation you rightfully deserve. We understand the complexities of these cases and are prepared to leverage our expertise to build a robust case on your behalf. Time is of the essence, so don't delay – let us help you on the road to recovery and justice. Call us today for a confidential consultation.

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Our Personal Injury Attorney in Hartford Can Help

A Hartford injury lawyer can help you prove your case, acquiring such important pieces of evidence as phone records. Examining the cars involved and the police report can also help establish liability. A personal injury lawyer can help you fight for the damages you deserve such as hospital bills, medical bills, living expenses, lost wages and damages sustained to your vehicle or other personal property. If you contact David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC, the firm can determine whether any laws were broken by the person who hit you.

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