A new analysis of national traffic data shows that drivers involved in fatal car accidents as well as non-fatal crashes were “more often lost in thought than distracted by mobile phones.”
Ten percent of the time, car accidents that ended in a fatality involved at least one motorist who was distracted according to the study. Sixty-two percent of the time those distracted drivers were “lost in thought” or daydreaming as opposed to 12 percent who were distracted from cell phone use.
This study is interesting because so much attention has been paid to cell phone use (texting, calling, surfing) as a major cause of accidents. This study is the first one to draw attention to other distracters.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is asking drivers to stay vigilant about the dangers of the road “by playing the “what if” game and asking themselves how they would react to unexpected events on the road…Treat driving as a complicated task requiring your full attention,” the foundation said.
Here are a few tips to help stay focused and avoid car accidents on Connecticut roads:
- Avoid fiddling with the radio or CD player.
- Avoid eating or drinking while you drive.
- Never attend to personal grooming needs while driving.
- Avoid talk show radio that you find distracting.
- Avoid talking too much with your passengers. Stay focused on the road.
- Never wear an MP3 player while driving
- Always be thinking about what could go wrong with another driver or conditions on the road. Anticipate and avoid collisions…
RisCassi & Davis has handled hundreds of car accident cases over our more than 55 years serving the people of Connecticut.
What’s more, our attorneys have received local and national recognition for our handling of these cases including:
- Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms”
- Top listing by Martindale-Hubbell as a “New England Top Rated AV Preeminent® Law Firm.
- Admission of five of our personal injury lawyers as members in the very prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College is a professional society of Fellows who become members only by invitation, with admission limited to experienced, outstanding trial lawyers who are unquestionably and eminently qualified as actively engaged trial lawyers. Only 1% of all trial lawyers in any state are offered admission as members to the College.
- Listing in New England Super Lawyers published by Connecticut Magazine. Less than 5% of attorneys in the New England states receive this honor
- Lifetime Achievement awards from the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Board Certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
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