Distractions are everywhere for drivers on the road today. These distractions can take many forms, including passengers in the vehicle, texting, talking on the phone, eating, fiddling with the radio and much more. These things can interfere with the driver's ability to concentrate on the road which can result in a car accident.
One of these distractions may or may not have been a contributing factor to an auto collision that involved two cars near New Haven, CT recently. The collision resulted in four people being sent to the hospital. Two of these were school-aged children who suffered minor injuries. The other two were men; one suffered minor injuries, the other was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
The accident occurred when one of the vehicles, a Volkswagen Beetle crossed a double yellow line and collided head-on into a Kia Optima. It is not clear if the driver of the Beetle was trying to pass another motorist, or if he drifted into the other lane as a result of a distraction.
The road where the accident occurred was closed down for four hours while authorities worked to help the victims and investigate the accident.
Although the investigation is not complete, it appears that the driver of the Beetle broke the law when he crossed the double yellow line, and is therefore likely responsible for the accident. The Kia's driver may wish to speak with an attorney to discuss his case. A lawyer may be able to get him compensation for the damage done to his vehicle and for the medical costs associated with the injuries that he and his two children sustained during the accident.
Source: Wallingford Patch, "Four People Hospitalized Following a Two-Car Crash in Wallingford," Ronald DeRosa, Mar. 24, 2013