Thousands of Connecticut motorists are involved in car accidents every year. Many of these crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Driving takes a lot of skill and focus and when a driver takes his or her eyes of the road for even a few seconds, a serious accident can occur. This is a serious issue, as a distracted driver can be held liable for any damages. There are some common types of distractions though which can easily be avoided and possible accidents averted if drivers were to pay attention to their surroundings. What should one do if their injuries are caused by a distracted driver?
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A woman has been hospitalized after getting hit by a car at a Connecticut intersection. The 27-year-old suffered numerous injuries after she was hit just outside the New Haven area.
Being involved in an accident can be devastating for a Connecticut pedestrian or bicyclist, especially when the negligent motorist speeds off without stopping at the accident scene. The motorist may panic and drive off to avoid getting caught. He or she may be drunk or may not have sufficient auto insurance. Whatever the reason, not everyone follows the rules when it comes to acting accordingly after an accident. Meanwhile, the victim may suffer serious injuries or even die as a result of the accident. There is a chance of recovery, though, even when the motorist is not identified.
A recent pedestrian accident in New Haven has left a man seriously injured. The man, estimated to be in his thirties, was at last report hospitalized in critical condition as a result of the crash.
The difference in size between motorcycles and passenger vehicles can cause motorcycles to become easy targets for distracted drivers who may not notice them in the roadway. An accident in Connecticut involving a car and motorcycle has left the motorcyclist seriously injured, and distracted driving may have been a factor. The car crash happened on the morning of July 1 along Route 63 in Naugatuck, causing traffic to detour and the road to close for several hours.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 3,330 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers during 2011 alone. Another 387,000 men, women and children were injured in car accidents caused by distracted driving. Talking or texting on a cellphone is one of the most prevalent and distracting activities in which a driver can engage. In an effort to prevent distracted driving accidents, states like Connecticut have enacted laws making texting while driving and talking on a handheld mobile device while driving illegal.