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 860.322.5302.