Texting while driving is still a serious problem across the country, Connecticut included. It is unfortunate that, despite repeated warnings and laws being put in place, many drivers still choose to text while operating their motor vehicles. Because of this choice, numerous car accidents happen — some of which prove fatal. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a texting-related auto collision, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
There are those who would argue that intoxicated drivers are a bigger problem than distracted drivers. However, it has been well documented that distracted driving is equally impairing as driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. When a driver sends or reads a text, his or her eyes are off the road, usually for several seconds. This gives him or her enough time to travel a relatively long distance — depending on the speed at which the vehicle is traveling. A lot can happen in those few seconds.
It is usually pretty easy to tell when a driver is distracted. However, it is not always easy to tell the cause of distraction. Checking cellphone usage is becoming common practice after car accidents. Police can quickly gain a better picture of what was happening just before a crash occurred simply by reviewing phone records. This is information that can help victims or — in the event of fatality — surviving family members as they pursue legal actions against those drivers deemed responsible for collisions.
Connecticut residents who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in texting-related car accidents may have legal recourse. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, any claims applicable in one’s case can be filed and litigated in civil court in an effort to recoup any recoverable losses. To learn more about this topic, please visit our firm’s website.