Few of those that we here at Miller, Rosnick, D’Amico, August and Butler, P.C. work with ever anticipated encountering a dangerous driver on the road. You may carry the assumption, yet the fact is that you are taking a risk every time you take to the streets of Bridgeport. Among the many groups of dangerous drivers out there, distracted motorists may pose one of the greatest threats to your safety.

Distracted drivers have become an increasing problem in recent years. Much of this has to do with the proliferation of cell phone technology. With almost everyone now carrying a handheld device that seemingly begs for attention 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including while people are behind the wheel), it is easy to see why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted drivers took the lives of 3,477 people in the U.S. in 2015 alone.

You might assume that those most likely to talk or text while driving would be teens. Study data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says otherwise. According to their information, the percentage of those who admitted to using their cell phones while driving (by age group) is as follows:

  •          Ages 25-39: 82 percent
  •          Ages 40-59: 72 percent
  •          Ages 19-24: 72 percent
  •          Ages and under: 58 percent

Rather than relying on someone’s age to determine if he or she was using a cell phone before causing an accident, clues such as a seeing one driving with one hand on the wheel or constantly looking at his or her lap before the collision may be better indicators.

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