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The Dangers of Texting & Driving

The Dangers of Texting & Driving

The Dangers of Texting & Driving

Despite tragic news reports, aggressive legislative efforts, and dedicated awareness campaigns, an estimated 69 million drivers in the United States – in other words, 60% of all drivers – are guilty of texting while operating a motor vehicle. In an interesting turn of events, it’s actually not the youth of America who are primarily to blame for this alarming statistic. Last August, Volvo released a report that claims Generation X (ages 35-44) are the most likely to text, talk, and check social media while driving. Equally concerning, however, is the fact that 50% of all Baby Boomers ages (54-72) are participating in the same distracted driving activities on a daily basis.

Common Accident Injuries

The average driver spends 4.6 seconds typing and sending a single text message. While this may seem like a short period of time, it’s actually no different than racing across an entire football field at 55 mph. In the few seconds it takes to text “ok,” a distracted driver may fail to notice merging traffic, slowing vehicles, construction zone warnings, and even defenseless pedestrians.

A serious accident can result in the following catastrophic injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Head injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Neck or spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve damage

Understanding Connecticut’s Distracted Driving Laws

According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use is responsible for over 1.5 million traffic collisions each year. To protect their constituents, Connecticut lawmakers are constantly drafting and pushing bills to prohibit cell phone use and penalize negligent drivers. The state’s current distracted driving laws ban the use of all mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. The only exception is if a driver is calling 911 or other emergency services.

However, drivers in Connecticut can use hands-free devices so long as they are over the age of 18. The problem with this concession is that hands-free devices are still dangerous. Instead of spending 5 seconds sending a text, a driver may decide to spend their commute catching up on phone calls. This is no less distracting and can result in a serious collision.

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Driving is a skill that requires 100% of a motorist’s focus and attention. When a driver is distracted by their cell phone, they may start speeding, weaving, or running red lights, effectively placing every person on the road in danger. If you’ve been injured by the actions of a distracted driver, contact the Hamden auto accident attorneys at Sette & Parnoff, PC. Our trial-tested legal team can investigate the accident, help you file a claim, and even negotiate with legal teams and rival insurance companies on your behalf. If necessary, our skilled litigators can even take your case to court to ensure that you’re awarded an advantageous verdict that safeguards your quality of life.

Contact Sette & Parnoff, PCat (203) 285-3075 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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