Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts texting while driving accident lawyer has handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims involving motor vehicle accidents that were a result of inattentive and distracted drivers using cellular devices.
The invention of the cell phone has revolutionized the way most of us view the world. It has brought a massive worldwide population closer together and has resulted in the continued globalization of international economies. However, with this revolutionary change has also come severe driving hazards. Only a decade ago, politicians were not having debates regarding cell phone use while driving, but it has since become such a hot topic of conversation that many states now have laws on the books to prevent cell phone use while driving, including texting. If you have been injured in a car accident which was the result of texting while driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Connecticut Texting While Driving
Connecticut completely bans cell phone use while driving unless drivers are using a hands free device, such as Bluetooth or speakerphone. Connecticut additionally bans all texting for drivers. Connecticut lawmakers have made texting while driving a new traffic violation as of 2013 relating to insurance companies. This was intended to curb the instance of cell phone use while driving by leading to increased insurance rates. Authorities can now report distracted driving offenses to insurance companies. A fine is issued against a person convicted of “distracted driving” as well as a black mark on their driver’s license. A certain number of these marks can lead to license suspension or license revocation. Insurance companies agree with this new law and will often increase their rates for drivers convicted of distracted driving.
Lawmakers have continued to struggle with the large number of cell phone users who use their devices while driving throughout the state of Connecticut. Cell phone use has been found to be as distracting, if not more, as driving while under the influence. Drivers often look away from the road if they are sending a text or dialing a number. Only a few seconds of distraction can cause the driver to miss swerving out of the way of a person crossing the street or a child retrieving a ball from the street. Many of these accidents lead to devastating injuries.
While distracted drivers can be prosecuted in criminal court, civil court has a lower burden of proof and offers the victim the opportunity to receive compensation for any injuries. Texting while driving accidents can involve other motor vehicles, or may be more severe and involve pedestrians or bicyclists.
Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was texting while driving, do not hesitate to contact Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts texting while driving accident lawyer. Our attorney has years of experience in assisting our clients who were involved in serious accidents as the result of another person’s negligence. We will work tirelessly to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Texting while driving is a criminal offense in Connecticut and Massachusetts and not only leads to severe injuries, but also destroys lives. Contact our West Hartford, Glastonbury, or Enfield office today for your initial free consultation with one of our attorneys.