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New Distracted Driving Laws to Take Effect October 1, 2013

Texting or talking on your cell phone while in your car will result in higher fines under new laws that go into effect later this year. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently approved the higher fines as part of an overall effort by the state to cut down on the number of distracted drivers, and distracted driving accidents, in Connecticut.  The new fines will go into effect October 1, 2013 and will increase the penalty for using a cell phone in a car from $125 to $150 for the first offense, $250 to $300 for the second offense and $400 to $500 for the third offense.  The measures also allow insurance companies to take distracted driving violations into account when setting customers’ auto insurance rates.  A second law will make it illegal to use a handheld device behind the wheel, even if the vehicle is sitting motionless at a signal or in traffic; under current law, the motorist must be driving for a violation to occur.

In 2012, police in Connecticut issued 29,435 tickets for violations of the state’s prohibition against using handheld electronic devices while driving, according to statistic compiled by the Judicial Branch.  In 2011, 3,331 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a driver engaging in one of these or any other negligent acts, our auto accidents lawyers can help you win financial compensation. Call us at (860) 873 2994 any time or use the form above to contact us (we will respond immediately).

The Connecticut car accident lawyers at Jackson O’Keefe have the years of experience and knowledge necessary to provide you with the skilled representation you need when dealing with insurance companies following any type of motor vehicle accident. Car crashes and those involving motorcycles or commercial trucks all have specific laws and issues unique to them. Quick assessment of those issues, determining the cause of the crash and assessing the severity of your injury and your medical needs are the services you can expect when you retain our Wethersfield Connecticut car accident attorneys. The Connecticut car accident lawyers at Jackson O’Keefe are adept at assessing the physical principles of the accident, the medical evidence used to evaluate injuries, and the economic and accounting principles required to evaluate losses. We provide the strongest possible representation to maximize your recovery. We will investigate the car accident scene, research the accident and your car, along with any other evidence that came into play at the time of your accident. We will stand up for you against any wrongdoer, trucking company or anyone else who has caused you harm. It is our responsibility to make sure your rights are upheld and defended. Because of our experience in taking cases to trial, we can often obtain favorable settlements even without a trial. With over 50 years of representing Connecticut car accident litigants, the law firm of Jackson O’Keefe understands how the unique circumstances of your collision require careful and compassionate representation. We are also familiar with the very recent legal changes regarding distracted driving in this emerging, troubling area of injuries and death on the roads.

We have the knowledge and experience you need to handle your distracted driving case.  We fight the insurance companies on your behalf. We vigorously pursue maximum compensation on behalf of accident victims for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other forms of available relief. As a client of our firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident caused by a driver engaging in one of these or any other negligent acts, our auto accidents lawyers can help you win financial compensation. Call us at (860) 873 2994 any time or use the form above to contact us (we will respond immediately).

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Fora additional information on the story quoted above see The Hartford Courant



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