Holding Distracted Drivers Accountable
If you haven’t noticed, a lot of people are driving while staring at their smartphones. Cellphones have been involved in scores of accidents here in the Valley, causing serious injuries in many cases. It is dangerous to be doing anything while driving, but texting is probably the worst.
Cracking Down On Distracted Driving
The state issues a penalty of one point against anyone convicted of distracted driving. Fines have also increased. Accidents caused by distracted driving continue to increase. Common forms of distracted driving around Bridgeport include:
- Eating while driving, including spilling hot coffee
- Conversing with passengers
- Talking by cellphone
- Disciplining children while driving
- Personal grooming while driving
- Blocking mirrors or windows
- Spreading a roadmap over the steering area
- Fiddling with the GPS
- Changing stations on the radio
- Fishing for change in your pants’ pocket
- Nodding off at the wheel
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
When drivers show complete lack of respect for other people’s safety by texting or any of these other activities, plaintiffs can sue for punitive damages above and beyond the usual compensation (medical costs, time lost from work, and pain and suffering).
Punitive damages can double or even triple your total compensation. While punitive damages do not apply to every situation, they may apply to yours. Talk to one of our lawyers, Bob Sousa or Tom Minogue, at Sousa & Minogue, LLC, in Shelton, Connecticut, to discuss the quality of your case and compensation for your injuries.