Distracted driving accidents continue to increase

On Behalf of | Sep 5, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Smartphones and ever-evolving technology continue to impact our lives in ways that were unimaginable only a decade ago. We can video-chat with people thousands of miles away, have phone apps that can monitor our vitals and issue life-saving alerts, and increase our productivity at home and in the office.

However, with that increased accessibility, roads are becoming more dangerous than ever before.

The impact of distracted driving

In 2021, distracted driving was the factor in 3,522 fatalities. Furthermore, despite the availability of hands-free devices, distracted driving has increased by 30% from 2020 to 2022.

While not the only distraction, texting remains one of the most prevalent. It’s estimated that an average person takes their eyes off the road for five seconds to read or send a text. Driving at 55 MPH, the car can travel the length of a football field during that time.

It’s important to note that texting isn’t the only type of distracted driving. There are actually three types of distractions:

  1. Visual
  2. Manual
  3. Cognitive

Anything that takes our time and focus from driving can be dangerous, such as changing stations on the stereo, checking the navigation system, turning your head to speak with other passengers, daydreaming or thinking about the day ahead.

Connecticut has strict laws about the use of cell phones while driving. Teenage drivers aged 16-17 cannot use a cell phone or any mobile device while driving. Those 18 and older are to use hand-free accessories to access their devices.

Motorists have an obligation to drive free from distractions. If you are ever injured in a car accident due to someone else’s distracted driving, it’s important to know that you can seek compensation to replace your income and pay your bills while recovering.