As drivers everywhere know all-too-well, the tiniest distraction can result in catastrophe. While iPod, smart phone and GPS technology all provide high levels of convenience and communication in the car, they also contribute to drivers not paying one hundred percent attention to the road in front of them. One Connecticut resident recently discovered that cell phones present one of the greatest distractions in vehicles yet, having the capacity for causing serious injury.
Two men recently crashed into a tree. Both men were reportedly injured. The passenger had to be extricated before being transported to a hospital. He was allegedly suffering from back, leg and neck injuries.
The driver reportedly told authorities that he was looking at his phone. He also was sent to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries, though his injuries appeared to be less serious than the passenger's injuries. According to authorities, he was suffering from back and neck injuries. In addition to being charged with using a cell phone while operating a vehicle, he was charged with driving with a suspended license, among other things.
A distracted and reckless driver has the capacity create a serious injury to everyone on the road, passengers and pedestrians alike. Any injured party should gain an understanding of Connecticut law to determine if they are able to file a civil suit against those accused of causing bodily harm. A civil suit can cover the cost of pain and suffering, medical bills and any lost wages. An injured person may also be entitled to bring criminal charges against a negligent driver whose behavior is proven to have caused an accident.
Source: Hartford Courant, Two Men Injured In One-Car Crash In Plainfield, Mikaela Porter, Nov. 16, 2013