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The High Cost of Distraction: Addressing the Rise in Traffic Accidents

With the ever-increasing integration of technology into our daily lives, distracted driving has become a significant concern, leading to a rise in traffic accidents and fatalities. The constant barrage of texts, calls, and actions diverts drivers’ attention, resulting in tragic consequences for innocent bystanders.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation‘s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed 3,522 lives nationwide in 2021. In Connecticut alone, nearly 5,200 crashes in 2022 were attributed to distracted driving.

In this blog post, we shed light on the dangers of distracted driving and how Jackson O’Keefe LLP can provide assistance if you’ve been involved in a traffic accident caused by a distracted driver.

What is Distracted Driving:

While there are numerous factors that can contribute to traffic accidents, distracted driving exacts a particularly high toll due to its frequency and often underestimated risks. Here are some common causes of distracted driving accidents:

Cell Phones: The use of cell phones while driving presents a serious hazard to both the driver and others on the road. With a multitude of features available, such as texting, calling, or checking social media, phones divert attention from the road, often with life-changing consequences.

Eating or Drinking: Consuming food or beverages while driving can physically distract drivers, requiring them to take their hands off the wheel or divert their attention to avoid spills. This diversion of attention from the road and other vehicles can lead to accidents, especially in heavy traffic.

Watching Videos: During traffic congestion, many drivers may be tempted to watch videos, diverting their mental focus and attention from the task of driving.

These distractions, even for mere seconds, can result in life-altering accidents.

Consequences of Distracted Driving:

  • $200 for the first offense
  • $375 for the second offense
  • $625 for the third and subsequent offenses

However, the repercussions of distracted driving can extend far beyond a simple ticket. Distracted driving accidents can result in life-altering consequences for innocent bystanders. These accidents can cause severe injuries and even loss of life, not only impacting the individuals directly involved but also their loved ones.

Experienced Representation for Distracted Drivers Victims:

The surge in traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers is impacting an increasing number of people. Despite the implementation of more precautions and laws, it’s crucial to take proactive measures and understand the support available if you’ve been involved in such an incident.

At Jackson O’Keefe, our team of dedicated professionals handle car accident claims, particularly those resulting from distracted driving or cell phone usage. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, or any car accident in Connecticut, contact Jackson O’Keefe today. You deserve the attention and support necessary to navigate through this challenging time.