Along with the advantages provided by modern technology comes potentially serious problems. April has been designated as Distracted Driving Month in order to call attention to the danger posed by distracted motorists who allow technology to take their attention from the road. Every state, including Connecticut, has reported car accidents that can be attributed to a distracted driver.

According to a report issued by the National Safety Council, an estimated nine people are killed in distracted driving accidents every day with an additional 100 more people hurt in these crashes. These distractions can come in the form of cell phones, dashboard instruments, and other devices and options that can take a driver’s focus off the road. This year, the Risk Institute has joined in the effort to combat the growing problem by attempting to help understand some of the underlying causes in order to form effective strategies to reduce these crashes.

One of the areas that the Risk Institute focused on is driver behaviors. It was determined that those who feel more confident behind the wheel are more prone to engage in risky behaviors. The Institute also studied the effectiveness of good driving rewards that are offered by insurance companies. Along with drivers’ actions, the design and features of roadways may also play a role in reducing the possibility of inattentive driving.

It was discovered that roads that feature an asphalt paved shoulder or median appear to be a deterrent to distracted driving. Traffic circles are another effective measure that significantly reduce distracted behaviors. The study confirmed that urban areas are more prone to distracted driving issues than rural areas. It is uncertain how states might apply the knowledge gained from these studies in order to effectively reduce the number of car accidents that are caused by these drivers. Those who have been injured by a negligent motorist while traveling along Connecticut roadways may elect to seek compensation for their monetary damages through civil litigation.