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Distracted Driving Accidents

Today, drivers can be distracted in so many different ways. With drivers talking on their phones, sending texts and emails, and eating their meals behind the wheel, innocent drivers and passengers are at grave risk for catastrophic injuries. The attorneys at Jacobs & Jacobs have extensive experience handling distracted driving accident cases. We have the skills and resources to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve for damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call us at (203) 777-2300 to discuss your accident caused by a distracted driver.

What Causes Distracted Driving Accidents?

Distracted driving accidents occur when a driver takes their attention off the road to attend to a non-urgent task in their vehicle. Some of the most common distractions that drivers fall victim to include:

  • Texting & Driving: People that text or talk on their phones while driving cause a considerable number of accidents every year. The National Security Council estimated that 8.8% of drivers were using a phone, either hands-free or hand-held, at any daylight moment in 2019. With so many drivers not focused on the road at any given moment, it’s not surprising that this form of distraction is a leading cause of accidents.
  • GPS: While GPS systems have become an invaluable asset on vacations and long road trips, they have the potential to distract a driver. By taking your eyes off the road to set a route or check review your directions, you risk a collision.
  • Adjusting Car Controls: Maybe your car is stiflingly hot and you want to turn the air conditioner on or you want to change the song. Even a trivial action can cause you to lose track of what’s going on around your vehicle.
  • Talking to Passengers: If you have someone else in the car, it’s only natural to talk to them. It may even feel rude not to carry out a conversation. However, you should never turn around to look at a passenger while driving. Stay focused on the road and avoid getting into verbal altercations with your passengers while behind the wheel.
  • Handling Pets: When driving with your pet in the car, it’s important to keep them secure. When your pet is free to move around the vehicle, they can become a distraction. They are also at greater risk of serious injury if you get into an accident. For their safety and your own well-being, properly restrain or contain your pet while driving.

How Jacobs & Jacobs Handles Distracted Driving Accident Cases

Driving while distracted can result in accidents when these distracted drivers:

  • Fail to signal or yield
  • Fail to stop at a stop sign
  • Fail to stop at a stoplight
  • Drive off the road
  • Veer across highway medians
  • Drive the wrong way on a one-way street
  • Drive the wrong way on an exit or entrance ramp

Whatever the cause of your distracted driving accident, our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation to determine who is at fault. We will pursue the maximum compensation available through insurance policies and ensure you have the resources to meet your ongoing needs. If you or a loved one has been injured in a texting accident or another kind of distracted driving accident, please contact a car accident attorney in New Haven from Jacobs & Jacobs online or by telephone at (203) 777-2300. We want to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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