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Common Questions about Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a nationwide epidemic that can result in severe, even fatal consequences. Drivers who do not pay attention and properly follow the rules of the road jeopardize their own safety as well as the safety of passengers, fellow motorists, and pedestrians.  Teenage drivers have the highest likelihood of being involved in a fatal crash where distraction was the cause.

Q. What are some of the most common driving distractions?

A. Several of the most common distractions are listed below.

  • Talking to passengers
  • Drinking
  • Eating
  • Looking at scenery
  • Reading a map
  • Applying makeup
  • Grooming
  • Adjusting the car stereo
  • Using a GPS device
  • Daydreaming/Letting the mind wander
  • Looking for items in the car

This is merely a partial list, but should clearly illustrate the fact that there is no shortage of distractions that could affect drivers. If you are the victim of a car accident, do not assume that driver distraction did not play a role in the collision.

Q. What about “Hands-Free” technology? Isn’t that less of a distraction for drivers?

A. Anything other than focusing on the road can be considered a distraction for a driver. The human brain is not truly meant to multi-task, therefore, when your focus is split between paying attention to the road and carrying on a conversation be it via phone or with a passenger, drivers tend to “look but not see” the road, other drivers, pedestrians etc.

Q. Where can I get more information regarding distracted driving in Connecticut?

A. You can always contact an experienced distracted driving attorney, that will provide additional information regarding distracted driving laws.

To schedule a free consultation at Polito & Associates to discuss your distracted driving injury claim, call 1.860.447.3300.

Source:

[1] https://www.cga.ct.gov/2005/act/Pa/2005PA-00159-R00HB-06722-PA.htm