Hartford Attorney at Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli Comments on Increase in Texting While Driving Penalties in Connecticut

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Connecticut distracted driving lawyer Joseph Morelli of the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli applauds Connecticut for toughening state’s texting while driving laws.

Many drivers think they can safely perform several different tasks at the same time. But study after study has shown that texting while driving greatly increases the chances of a texting driver causing an accident.

A new law in Connecticut will penalize drivers one point on their licenses for texting while driving, a move praised by Connecticut personal injury lawyer Joseph Morelli of the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli, who said he hopes the new law encourages more people to stop texting while driving.

“Anything the state can do to stop people from texting while driving in Connecticut is a great idea,” Morelli said today. “There are far too many auto accidents caused by distracted drivers in Connecticut. Texting while driving is against the law in Connecticut, but some drivers simply ignore the law. Hopefully, by penalizing drivers with a point on their license for texting while driving, they will get the message and stop putting everyone on the road in danger.”

Under the new state law, drivers in Connecticut who violate the state’s ban on texting while driving will be assessed one point on their license, according to the New Haven Register, “Connecticut puts spotlight on texting while driving with new law” (Oct. 13, 2013).

Drivers in Connecticut who accumulate 10 points on their licenses during a two-year span can have their driver’s license suspended for 30 days, according to DMV.org, “How the DMV Point System Works.”

Including Connecticut, 41 states and the District of Columbia have laws that ban texting while driving for all drivers, according to Governors Highway Safety Association website, which was last updated in October 2013.

More than 800,000 car accidents nationwide this year have been attributed to text messaging, but a recent AAA study found most drivers believe they can safely text and drive at the same time, according to The Middletown Press, “More drivers driving distracted, AAA study says they don’t care” (Oct. 17, 2013).

The recent AAA study clearly illustrates why there’s a need for the new point system for Connecticut drivers caught texting while driving, according to Connecticut texting accident lawyer Joseph Morelli of the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli.

“Too many drivers are simply not aware of just how dangerous texting while driving can be for them and everyone else on the road,” said Morelli, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “Many drivers think they can safely perform several different tasks at the same time. But study after study has shown that texting while driving greatly increases the chances of a texting driver causing an accident. We know some drivers might find this new point penalty system a nuisance, but it’s the law and people need to learn that they can’t text and drive at the same time.”

About The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli

Serving clients in seven offices throughout Connecticut, the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli have a well-earned reputation for being an aggressive personal injury law firm that delivers results. The law firm has offices in Hartford, New Haven, New Britain, Manchester, Waterbury, Norwich and Willimantic. The firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, dog attacks, dangerous drugs and other accidents. Attorney Morelli and his colleagues work on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay if they win.

For more information about what to do after a texting while driving accident and the legal options available to families in Connecticut, call (800) 946-9461 or complete the online contact form.

The Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli
100 Farmington Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
http://www.salomoneandmorelli.com/

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