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Distracted drivers can cause car accidents

If Connecticut residents think about it, technology advances in the last few decades are mind-boggling. Younger residents probably can't envision a time without cell phones and texting. However, these advancements aren't always a blessing, and sometimes the use of these devices can be hazardous to one's health.

Motorists that talk or text on their handheld cell phones or other electronic devices while driving cause many traffic accidents just waiting to happen. Such usage is termed 'distracted driving" and shouldn't be done. A driver that takes his or her eyes off the road for even a few seconds to answer the phone could cause an accident.

New federal statistic show that eight people are killed and more than 1,100 injured every day in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. This translates to 3,477 people killed and 390,000 injured in 2015 alone.

An average of 660,000 drivers are using handheld cell phones at any one time during the day, the Federal Communications Commission reports. Young drivers that are aged 16 to 24 use these devices the most.

Young drivers need to be cautioned about using handheld devices when they are behind the wheel. A responsible motorist should point out the dangers to them. Drivers that need to use a cell phone should pull off the road first.

Connecticut has laws banning the use of handheld devices by all drivers. People that have been injured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers may be eligible for damages through personal injury claims. This compensation can include lost wages, present and future medical expenses and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney may be able to explain claim eligibility to victims and assist them in obtaining compensation for their injuries.

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