Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts web surfing accident lawyer has handled numerous wrongful death matters and injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents resulting from distracted and inattentive drivers using their mobile devices.
Cell phones have revolutionized our methods of communication over the last decade. Cell phones have allowed people to stay in contact with friends and family away from home and provide a vital tool to prevent accidents. However, cell phones have now begun to cause accidents as more and more people resort to web surfing and texting while driving. Studies have found that cell phone use while driving is more dangerous than driving while under the influence.
Web Surfing Accidents
A surprising number of drivers admit to using their cell phone behind the wheel, not only for making phone calls, but to surf the internet or web browsers. Social media has provided a new platform for web surfing that often draws drivers to check their cell phones while driving, especially if they have received a comment on a post they have written on any number of social media sites. This type of distraction is extremely dangerous and can result in a driver doing one of the following:
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Entering oncoming traffic
- Hitting pedestrians or bicyclists
It is easy to understand how web surfing is increasingly becoming more dangerous than drunk driving in many states. Web surfing involves a complete lack of attention on the road as your attention is solely focused on your cell phone. Any last minute incident cannot be avoided if you are not paying attention, such as a child darting out into the street or a green light changing to red.
The States of Connecticut and Massachusetts will bring charges against a distracted driver who caused extreme injuries or even death because of their web surfing actions. However, if you were the victim of this type of accident, you want to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Therefore, you can bring a civil action against the responsible party in addition to any ongoing criminal charges. Criminal charges require the state to meet a high burden of proof whereas civil lawsuits have a lower burden of proof for the victim to meet.
Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident the result of web surfing driver distraction, do not hesitate to contact Van Dyke Law, LLC’s Connecticut and Massachusetts web surfing accident lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Car accidents are often worse when drivers are not paying attention and therefore cannot work to minimize the impact of the accident. As a result, passengers and drivers are often severely injured in these accidents. Contact our West Hartford, Glastonbury, or Enfield office today for your initial free consultation.