Texting and Cellphone Use Can Be Dangerous to Drivers in Connecticut
Recover damages from the distracted driver who put your safety at risk
As people become more reliant on texting to communicate, the use of portable technology while on the road has become common. Irresponsible texting on smartphone devices while driving has resulted in an increased number of car accidents in Connecticut and nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drivers who use handheld devices are four times more likely to injure themselves in a car accident.
The Pickel Law Firm, LLC represents victims involved in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Greenwich, Darien, Stratford and Stamford car accidents. During our lawyers’ combined 65 years of practice, we have remained current on the exciting new technology that makes communication quicker and easier than ever before. We have also witnessed the unfortunate relationship between distracted drivers and auto accidents in our communities. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s failure to pay attention to the road, we help you assert your rights against the at-fault motorist.
Connecticut laws governing cell phones and texting
Connecticut statutes ban texting and using handheld devices while driving. In addition, novice drivers and bus drivers are forbidden from using all cellphones, including hands-free equipment.
The Connecticut legislature recently increased the fines for using cellphones without a hands-free device and for text messaging while driving. As of July 1, 2011, a first offense of texting while driving automatically carries a $125 fine, with subsequent violations increasing to $250 and then $400. Police do not need another reason to pull someone over — the fact that a driver was engaged in this dangerous activity is enough.
How our attorneys build a distracted driving case
Our attorneys prove liability by demonstrating how the driver’s careless action caused your motor vehicle accident. To develop a persuasive case, we take decisive steps that include:
- Locating and interviewing witnesses
- Subpoenaing cellphone records to show the cellphone was in use or a text was sent at the time the accident occurred
- Analyzing police reports
- Retaining accident reconstruction specialists to prove accident cause and fault
- Consulting health care professionals and other experts to prove liability and damages
Get the compensation you deserve from a distracted driver who injured you
To learn more about building a case against a distracted driver, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We help injury victims in the Connecticut communities of Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk and Bridgeport and handle all of our personal injury cases on contingency. Hablamos español.