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Distracted Driving in Connecticut Can Cause Serious Car Accidents

Recover damages from drivers who failed to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel

Drivers who take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel or their minds off the important task of driving put other motorists and pedestrians on the road at serious risk. Texting, talking on a cell phone, eating and other inappropriate activities distract drivers who are commanding 2,000 to 5,000 pounds of steel at speeds reaching 75 miles per hour and higher. In one split second, a distracted driver can cause an accident that results in serious injuries and deaths.

Since The Pickel Law Firm, LLC was founded, our personal injury lawyers have witnessed the many changes in technology and their impact on drivers’ safety. Before the age of cell phones, tablets, online videos and GPS, drivers typically focused on the road. As more and more drivers use the time in the car to multitask, more and more avoidable accidents occur. We believe you should be compensated for injuries that result. Our attorneys pursue the damages you deserve in Stamford, Norwalk and other civil courts in Connecticut.

Connecticut laws governing texting while driving

Connecticut has some of the toughest laws in the country regarding cellphone use while driving. Under Connecticut law, a police officer can issue a ticket to a driver who uses a handheld cellphone while driving for talking or texting, even if the driver has not committed another traffic offense. Student drivers and school bus drivers are prohibited from using hands-free cell phones, as well.

What is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts your eyes from the road, removes your hands from the wheel or takes your mind away from driving. Although texting and talking on the phone have attracted a great deal of media attention, other tasks that are distracting can be just as dangerous, including:

  • Emailing
  • Reading paper or electronic maps
  • Listening to or looking at a GPS system
  • Changing the station on the radio or the song on a music device
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming and putting on makeup
  • Disciplining or entertaining children
  • Arguing or conversing with passengers

Tips from the Connecticut State Police for avoiding distracted driving include using hands-free devices, ensuring your children are secure before starting your motor vehicle, leaving dropped items where they are and pulling over to text, write notes or talk on the cell phone.

If you were injured by a distracted driver, contact our experienced firm in Stamford

For assistance in a distracted driving accident, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation. We handle your accident claim on contingency and make home or hospital visits if you are unable to travel to our Stamford office. Hablamos español.

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