An article published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that any tasks considered to be secondary to driving increase a driver’s chance of being involved in either a car accident or near-accident. The risk factor was much greater for novice, or new, drivers than it was for those drivers with years of experience behind the wheel. Any behaviors that distracted a driver from the road and their driving was considered to be a secondary behavior.
The Naturalistic Teenage Driving Study(NTDS) studied the driving habits and consequences of distracted driving in novice drivers for a period of two years, while the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study studied the same habits and effects of more experienced drivers for a period of one year. The findings of the two studies showed that all drivers are more at risk of being involved in an accident if they are using their cell phone, whether to make a phone call or text. However, the risk was higher for young/new drivers.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver in Connecticut, you may be owed compensation for any harm you have endured. Speak with our legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin today about your legal options and how we can help by calling 860.560.7226.
New laws have been passed in Connecticut in order to get tougher on distracted drivers. One law will raise fines and change distracted driving citations to a moving violation. The offense will now appear on your driving record, making it available to car insurance companies when they’re calculating the rates for your policy. The fines are a one-time fee, but it’s the insurance company’s ability to raise your rates that is designed to hurt your wallet and really discourage distracted driving. The second law makes it illegal for motorists to use their cell phones behind the wheel, including when they’re stopped at a light or in traffic. Both laws will go into effect on October 1st.
Cell phone usage is not the only distraction that can impair the ability to drive safely. Grooming, adjusting the radio, using a navigation system, and eating or drinking are also distractions that can endanger people on or near the road. Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious issue, especially considering that 387,000 people were injured and 3,331 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011. The new laws were signed in the hopes of seeing a decrease in those numbers.
At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand the dangers of distracted driving and the devastation it can cause. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact us at 860-560-7226 to learn more about what we can do for you.