Wearable technology is all the rage these days, and smartwatches that pair with our smartphones have become relatively commonplace. These devices allow users to know who is calling or read a text without having to dig into their pocket or purse to retrieve their phone and also can provide biometrics that help people track and improve their health.
Clearly, many people enjoy using technology that until recently only existed in the realms of comic books and spy movies. Unfortunately, as convenient and innovative as smartwatches are, they can also be incredibly distracting for drivers.
While it may seem better for drivers to check their watches than pick up their phones to read a text or take a call, the reality is that a buzz on your wrist is much harder to ignore than a ringing phone.
In addition, because of their small screen sizes, people actually have to spend more time looking at their smartwatch screen to read a text or determine who is calling than they do when they look at their phones. Of course, when a person is driving, more time spent looking at a screen is less time looking at the road ahead – increasing the likelihood of a crash.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident caused by a distracted driver, there is some good news: you will likely be able to recover compensation for your accident-related losses. Common damages pursed in motor vehicle accident cases include medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Under Connecticut law, it is illegal to operate mobile electronic devices while you are driving, which presumably includes smartwatches. As a result, someone who causes an accident while looking at his or her smartwatch will likely be liable for the injuries they cause under a legal doctrine known as negligence per se. While the act of using a smartwatch is itself illegal, distracted drivers are much more likely to engage in other conduct that violates traffic laws, including the following:
If you have suffered injuries in an accident by a distracted driver, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. In many instances, victims of distracted driving accidents are entitled to significant compensation for their losses, including the medical expenses, property damage, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call us at (203) 348-2465 or send us an email through our online contact form.