Governor Malloy declares today, September 19th 2013, to be "Don't Text and Drive Day" in Connecticut. This day is an effort to challenge drivers to refrain from texting and driving. While the hopes are that this choice will not be a one-day thing, this singular dedicated day is an effort to make a difference.
It is against the law to text while driving in Connecticut, but many people continue to do so regardless. The assumption is that it is teenagers who are the biggest worry when it comes to texting and driving, but it has been reported that more adults break this law. This 'don't text and drive day' is meant to be a start to stop more drivers from texting while on the road. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents throughout the country.
There are many ways to be distracted on the road, whether it is cognitively, physically or visually. Texting involves all three of these distractions. A driver is distracted cognitively because they are thinking about the conversation and what to say. They are also distracted visually by looking down at the phone and physically because a hand is taken off of the wheel to hold the cell phone.
If a driver is texting while driving, they are not dedicating 100% of their attention to the road. In doing so, accidents can happen. It only takes a few seconds of distraction for something to go wrong. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Carlson & Dumeer, LLC. We are Hartford injury lawyers with experience assisting injured car accident victims.