Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of Connecticut accidents. The most common cause of distracted driving is texting.
In Connecticut, cases of distracted driving are taken seriously. There are laws in place that address some of the most common distractions – including texting – but unfortunately, incidents still occur almost every day.
If you are injured in an accident with a distracted driver who was texting when the accident occurred, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. Our legal team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. We will review the facts of your case to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Understanding Connecticut Laws Related to Drunk Driving
There are guidelines in Connecticut that prohibit or restrict the use of phones while driving. Usually, these laws outline if a driver is allowed to use a hands-free or handheld device while behind the wheel. Even though hands-free technology is designed to help reduce the risk of phones being used while someone drives, studies have proven the technology can also be as dangerous as holding your phone.
The state of Connecticut has established regulations that address both concerns. The laws in the state include:
- No driver can use a handheld device or can they legally text while behind the wheel
- Drivers under the age of 18 or who have a learner’s permit can use a hands-free or handheld device
- Bus drivers are not permitted to use hands-free or handheld devices
According to what the law says, even drivers who have vehicles that are stopped at a traffic signal or stop sign cannot engage in these actions. If someone is caught doing this, they may be charged with a fine. These actions may also result in an accident.
The Risk of Young Drivers Who Are Distracted
The laws in Connecticut are particularly strict when dealing with young drivers in Connecticut. There’s a good reason for this. According to studies, young drivers are much more likely to engage in some type of distracted driving behavior. This can be particularly problematic when examining road crash statistics. Of all the fatal accidents that occur in drivers who are between 15 and 19, around 10% of them involve distracted driving.
To help keep younger drivers from taking their focus off the road ahead, experts suggest teaching safe practices from the very beginning of their driver education. It’s important to remember that teens will learn good behaviors by following their parent’s lead. This means that parents should never use their phones or engage in any other type of distracted action when they are behind the wheel. One option for parents is to put their phones in the vehicle’s glove box to help prevent being distracted by text messages or phone calls.
It’s also smart to request that young drivers sign an agreement that they will avoid distractions while they are behind the wheel to help prevent accidents. Teens should be encouraged to drive without using their phones in any way.
There’s no question that distracted driving is risky behavior. Unfortunately, it can also be deadly. Because of this, it is something that should always be avoided.
What Rights Do You Have if You Are in an Accident with a Distracted Driver?
If you are in an accident with a distracted driver, you need to call the authorities right away and request medical attention. Even if everyone seems fine, you need to be checked for potential injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Having a medical report will also provide evidence if you decide to file a personal injury claim down the road.
While you are waiting for the authorities and ambulance to arrive at the scene, you should collect information from the other parties who were involved. Some information that you should request includes:
- Full name of the other driver or drivers
- Their contact information
- Auto insurance information
- License number, license plate number, make and model of the vehicle
When you are getting this information, there is no need to discuss the accident, explain what happened, or make any type of apology. If you do this, you may make the mistake of assigning blame to yourself.
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While you wait for the authorities to arrive, it’s also a good idea to take photos of your vehicle, the other vehicle involved, any injuries you have, where the accident occurred, damaged items nearby, skid marks, or anything else that may be used as evidence if you file a lawsuit.
If you noticed that the accident occurred because the other driver was texting, be sure to note this on your phone or a piece of paper. You can also note other erratic behaviors that may prove they were distracted, such as speeding, making illegal turns, or swerving. You can also note if you saw the driver’s eyes off the road or their hands, not on the wheel. All this can be used to help you win your case in the future.
It’s also a good idea to get in touch with your insurance company to report your accident. Make sure you are honest and that you stick to the facts. You should not speak to the insurance companies for the other drivers involved or at-fault.
We Can Help Texting and Driving Accident Case in Connecticut
When it comes to a texting and driving charge in Connecticut that leads to an accident, there are more than a few factors that must be considered. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we are ready to help you with your claim and ensure you get the compensation you deserve. The first step is to give our legal team a call to set up a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case and build a strong case with all the related evidence. You can count on our legal team to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for your situation.