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Car accidents involving distracted drivers often end in fatality

Distracted driving is something that can be seen on a daily basis on Connecticut roads. Sadly, such behavior often leads to car accidents. According to the AAA Foundation, many of these car accidents result in fatality.

It is believed, that approximately 16 percent of all fatal auto collisions are the result of distracted drivers. Yearly, an estimated 5,000 people across the country die as a result of such incidents. This is a huge number, one that state and federal authorities would like to see decrease.

What is it that is distracting drivers? There are quite a few things, actually. The number one issue seems to be electronic devices -- particularly among younger drivers. More people are on their phones, texting, emailing, playing games or even downloading music. Any of these activities will take a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 27 seconds, and depending on the rate of speed at which one is traveling, one can go a pretty good distance in that amount of time.

Other major distractions include interacting with passengers, eating, putting on makeup and reading. Accidents happen in a matter of seconds. By not having one's full attention on the road, one loses the ability timely react.

Distracted drivers that cause car accidents may be held liable for any resulting damages. A victim or -- in the event of fatality -- surviving family members may pursue legal claims against the driver, the vehicle owner -- if different -- or the responsible party's estate if he or she fails to survive the incident. By taking such action, monetary relief may be awarded if negligence can be proved in a Connecticut civil court.

Source: aaafoundation.org, "Distracted Driving", Accessed on March 20, 2016

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