Car Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving in Vermont
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that distracted driving plays a role in as many as 80 percent of all car accidents. The NHTSA defines distraction as anything that takes a driver’s eyes off of the road, which includes things such as:
- Using a cellphone
- Applying makeup
- Eating or drinking
- Checking a map or GPS
- Adjusting a radio or MP3 player
When you are injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. The Vermont car accident lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss can investigate your claim, determine if distraction was a factor, and fight for every penny you are due.
Vermont Distracted Driving Laws
In Vermont, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using portable electronic devices including cellphones, GPS systems, and PDAs.
Vermont legislators are currently considering bills that would ban cellphone use in construction zones along with a handful of other distracted driving bills that would do things such as double the fines associated with texting while driving and extend the ban on electronics to adults. However, even without these laws, if you are injured by a distracted driver, one of our Vermont car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured or a loved one has killed by a distracted driver in Vermont or New Hampshire, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers.