Maryland Accident Attorneys: Effect of Maryland’s “Texting While Driving” Law on Auto Accidents

On October 1, 2009, Maryland enacted the Texting While Driving Law, which prohibited people from texting while operating a vehicle. In 2009, 550 people died in car crashes. In 2010, the number of traffic fatalities reached an all-time low of 496—a decrease of nine percent. Although there is no specific data on texting and driving, these numbers are encouraging.

Texting while driving, although it may seem innocuous, can be as dangerous—if not more than—as drunk driving. Take a look at these disturbing statistics:

  • Distracted driving causes about 20,000 injuries each year
  • 38% of all Maryland traffic injuries involve a distracted driver
  • Texting while driving can delay reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol content as .16 percent

Keeping in mind that the legal limit in Maryland is only .08 percent, these statistics are very scary indeed.

To make the laws even more stringent, Maryland recently passed an addendum to their Texting While Driving law that also prohibits people from reading (as well as sending) texts. In the state of Maryland, a first offense is a $70 fine, and a second offense is $110.

If you’re involved in an accident with a distracted driver, you should consult with one of our Maryland accident attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. as soon as possible.