Distracted Driving Car Accidents
Distracted Driving Causes Serious Car Accidents in Maryland
The federal government website distraction.gov reports that 3,450 people were killed and approximately 391,000 people were injured in distracted driving-related crashes in 2015. These statistics highlight the tragic consequences of distracted driving. Those who persist in multitasking as they drive not only put their own lives at risk, but also jeopardize the safety of other drivers, pedestrians and the occupants in their own vehicles.
Since LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. was established more than 30 years ago, our Baltimore car accident lawyers have personally witnessed the dramatic increase in distracted driving auto wrecks and the devastating consequences to victims and their families. We hold these distracted motorists accountable for the injuries our clients sustain.
What is Considered Distracted Driving?
Even though it seems routine, safe driving actually requires considerable attention, skill and precision. Distracted driving refers to any task that requires you to:
- Take your hands off the wheel
- Take your eyes off the road
- Take your mind off driving
Inappropriate and Dangerous Tasks While Driving
Anything that interferes with the manual, visual or cognitive aspects of driving is inappropriate and dangerous, including:
- Arguing with fellow passengers
- Eating or drinking
- Entertaining or disciplining children
- Fiddling with a music player
- Putting on makeup, brushing hair or shaving
- Reaching for an item in the backseat or on the floorboard
- Reading a GPS or maps
- Talking on a mobile phone
- Watching a video
Law enforcement considers whether these activities contributed to a motor vehicle crash and may even hold a distracted driver criminally liable in some catastrophic accident cases. Our Baltimore car accident lawyers also investigate the role these tasks may have played in your wreck to determine fault in your civil lawsuit.
Texting and Cell Phone Use
Maryland law forbids all drivers from texting and using handheld devices and bans novice drivers from using a cellphone, handheld or hands-free. Despite the potential penalties, texting and cell phone use remain two of the most common causes of negligent driver accidents.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Distracted Driving Accident Victims
Recover damages from the driver who failed to remain alert while driving. Call LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact our firm online to schedule an appointment for a free evaluation. Our Baltimore car accident lawyers are available by phone 24 hours a day to immediately answer your questions. We do not charge you unless we recover damages in your case under our contingency fee arrangement. Our firm makes your car accident injury claim a top priority.
Our offices are conveniently located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson, and we represent distracted driving accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.