Baltimore Accident Lawyers Warn Against the Dangers of Distracted DrivingSeptember 23, 2013
Work, kids, errands — it feels as though we have a million things to do and not enough time to get to it all. Multitasking is often necessary to complete the long list of tasks we have planned on any given day. However, you should only focus on the task of driving whenever you get behind the wheel. Anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or your mind off of your driving puts you and other motorists at risk.
According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, 231 people died and 29,050 people were injured in distracted driving accidents in the state in 2011. The official distraction.gov website reports that 10 percent of auto crashes that resulted in injuries in 2011 involved distracted driving. Sadly, many of these accidents were preventable, had drivers refrained from such inappropriate activities as:
- Typing or reading text messages
- Sending emails
- Talking on cell phones
- Entertaining or disciplining children
- Arguing with fellow passengers
- Applying makeup
- Eating and drinking
- Watching videos
- Reading maps and navigation devices
- Adjusting music players and radios
In some circumstances, distracted driving is not just dangerous — it is also illegal. Maryland laws ban certain distracted conduct, such as using a handheld communication device or texting while driving. In addition, novice drivers are prohibited from all cell phone use on handheld and hands-free equipment.
One of the first matters the victim of an auto accident should consider is whether the other driver was distracted at the time of the collision. Clues found at the scene — such as food spilled on the driver’s clothes or an open map — may indicate distracted driving. During the investigation, phone and text records can be obtained by a court order called a subpoena. This evidence helps prove the liability of the other driver for the accident. If you or a loved one has been injured due to distracted driving, contact the Baltimore accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. for legal information and advice. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.