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Driving Laws in Connecticut That You Should Know

Texting and driving

Distracted driving is a severe problem on Connecticut's roads, and it can lead to devastating accidents. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving was a factor in 9% of all fatal crashes in the United States in 2019. To help keep yourself and others safe on the road, it's important to understand Connecticut's distracted driving laws.

What You Should Know About Distracted Driving

Handheld Device Use Is Prohibited While Driving

Connecticut law prohibits the use of handheld electronic devices while driving. This includes cell phones, tablets, and other handheld devices. The law applies to all drivers, regardless of age or experience. If you need to use your phone while driving, you must use a hands-free device.

Texting While Driving Is Illegal

In addition to prohibiting handheld devices, Connecticut law prohibits texting while driving. This includes composing, sending, or reading texts, emails, or other electronic messages. Pull over to a safe location or wait until you reach your destination if you need to send a message.

Fines and Penalties for Distracted Driving Can Be Significant

If you are caught using a handheld device or texting while driving, you can face fines and penalties. For a first offense, the fine is $150. Subsequent violations can result in penalties of up to $500. In addition to fines, you may also face points on your license and increased insurance premiums.

Distracted Driving Can Be Considered Negligence in Personal Injury Cases

If you are involved in a distracted driving accident, you may be found negligent in a personal injury case. This means you could be liable for any damages or injuries from the accident. In addition to facing legal consequences, distracted driving accidents can also have severe emotional and financial impacts.

To stay safe on the road and avoid legal consequences, putting down your phone and other electronic devices while driving is essential. If you need to send a message or call, pull over to a safe location or wait until you reach your destination. Following Connecticut's distracted driving laws can help keep yourself and others safe on the road.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact RisCassi & Davis, P.C. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options and fight for the compensation you deserve. (860) 245-2412

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