According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, a vertical roadway edge contributes to drivers losing control of vehicles when they go onto the shoulder. The vertical edge can cause tire scrubbing that is linked to rollover or head-on crashes. Studies conducted by multiple states found that crashes involving these edge drop-offs increased the chances of a fatality by two to four times.
Distracted driving is sadly the cause of many accidents across Connecticut. These car accidents, caused by drivers focused on other things than the road, are usually very preventable. Cellphones are one of the biggest distractions on the roads today. While there is not a national ban on cellphone use, numerous states have put laws in place to discourage their use while driving. Unfortunately, despite these laws and record numbers of accidents, texting while driving is still a big problem, especially with young drivers.