According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of the injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Despite millions of dollars spent on advertising designed to raise awareness, these distracted driving accidents are not decreasing. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, contact our firm.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regularly compiles statistics and information regarding common causes of car accidents. Nearly every driver who causes an accident, to some extent, is guilty of distracted driving. When that driver's inattentiveness causes an accident, it is crucial to hold him or her responsible for those negligent actions. The Stamford accident lawyers at Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, can explain your options for monetary recovery.
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"Distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in while operating a motor vehicle. Such activities have the potential to distract the person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing." U.S. DOT
Driving distractions can be clearly defined by one of three categories.
- Visual distractions: Any action that causes a driver to take his or her eyes off the road. These distractions can include texting, looking at a navigation system, reading a menu on a car's entertainment system or reading anything else.
- Manual distractions: Any action that causes a driver to remove his or her hands off a steering wheel, including personal grooming, texting, changing a radio station, eating or reaching for something in the back seat or glove box.
- Cognitive distractions: Any action that takes mental focus away from the act of driving, including talking on a cellphone, talking with a passenger, texting or simply daydreaming.
The use of hand-held electronics, including cellphones, mp3 players and navigation devices has seen a dramatic increase in recent years. Many people are tied to their smart phones by checking email, listening to music, watching videos or sending text messages. It is important to remember that anything that takes your attention away from the act of driving is a potentially dangerous distraction.
Tooher Wocl & Leydon, LLC, offers free consultations in all personal injury cases. For additional information about our experience and approach to client representation in Connecticut distracted driver litigation, contact us at either of our Fairfield County locations.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our motor vehicle accident cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.