Even though drivers in Connecticut are constantly reminded of the dangers of distracted driving, it is still a common cause of car accidents. State legislators and law enforcement are cognizant of the problem and are taking steps to reduce its frequency.
A program is underway to give citations to drivers who are using their cellphones when driving. That aside, people who are in an accident should think about whether it was due to a distracted driver and react accordingly by considering a legal filing.
Worrisome rise in distracted driving collisions sparks action
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that across the nation, there were almost 20,000 deaths because of distracted drivers from 2012 to 2017. According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, there was a 50% rise in fatal auto accidents deemed to have been caused by distracted driving in the state between 2018 and 2019.
Connecticut has benefited from its safe driving campaigns from 2014 to the present. However, there have been around 38,000 auto accidents because of distraction in the past five years. In 2019, there were more than 6,600. Particularly at risk of injury are bicyclists and pedestrians.
The roads have not been as treacherous with the ongoing health crisis and fewer vehicles on the road, but society is slowly returning to normal, heightening concern. With children heading back to school and adults back to work, there is expected to be an incremental increase in traffic, reigniting the danger.
Officers are covertly watching people as they drive to see if they show the signs of distraction behind the wheel including looking down repeatedly or outright holding the device in their hands. Drivers will be subjected to a traffic stop and given a ticket. There will even be citations if the driver is at a full stop.
Know the steps to take after an auto accident
Medical costs, lost wages and long-term challenges are just some of the issues a person may face after an auto accident. There are many steps to take after being injured or losing a loved one in a crash. Vital decisions include getting immediate medical care, avoiding talking to insurance companies as they will inevitably try to find ways to reduce liability, and having a comprehensive police report.
In addition, having legal assistance is key. This is especially true if the accident was due to distracted driving as evidence must be accrued. A firm with experience in car accidents can provide guidance, advice and representation from the start.