Distracted driving is a contributing factor in nearly all car accidents – and a primary cause in many. If you or a loved one have been injured by a driver who was not paying attention to the road, you are entitled to hold them accountable and seek compensation well in excess of the offerings of insurance companies. The Baltimore car accident attorney at Cohen & Dwin have decades of experience helping victims of distracted drivers get justice. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you – free of both charge and obligation – to assess your case and help you better understand your rights.
What is Distracted Driving?
Simply put, distracted driving is operating a vehicle while doing literally anything else at the same time. Some of the most common causes of distraction include:
- Using a cellphone to text or talk
- Using a hands-free device
- Using GPS or other onboard electronics
- Changing songs on a portable music device
- Reading a map
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming such as applying makeup
- Fishing for a dropped item
- Turning to talk to a passenger
All of these actions place the distracted driver and everyone else on the road at increased risk for serious or fatal injury. If you believe distraction caused or contributed to your car accident, our Baltimore personal injury lawyers can help. We are prepared to conduct an investigation into your accident to identify all contributing factors, and to hold the responsible party accountable for all of the damages their negligence has caused.
A Closer Look at Cellphones
In Maryland, all handheld cellphone use is illegal while operating a vehicle. Hands-free devices are, however, only restricted for novice drivers. Unfortunately, this gives the false sense that hands-free devices are somehow safer than those that require manual manipulation. Research has shown this is simply not the case.
Hands-free devices are not safer. In fact, they may be more dangerous than handheld cellphones. Some studies have found the amount of brain activity and attention required to operate and double-check hands-free devices actually causes a higher level of distraction than simply typing a message by hand. This means that drivers using these devices – no matter how well-meaning – are perhaps more dangerous than those breaking the law by using a handheld device.
It is important to remember that even if a driver is not breaking the law, if they are distracted and the result in injury to someone else, they are responsible for all related damages. If you believe you have been injured by a distracted driver, please call our Maryland car accident attorneys at (410) 653-6000 today to learn how we can help.