Hands-Free Technology and Car Accidents
By Cohen & Dwin, P.A. on May 8, 2018 | In Accidents
Texting on a handheld device while driving in Maryland is illegal. In May of this year, legislators even increased fines associated with this offense in cases where the action causes serious injury or death. This focus on handheld distraction is necessary as this behavior is clearly dangerous – but focusing exclusively on handheld devices may be giving the impression that hands-free technology is somehow safer.
A new study from AAA has found that drivers who use hands-free devices such as on-board entertainment systems, voice-controlled texting applications, and services including Siri are more distracted than those using handheld devices while driving. This study confirms what many others have already suggested: hands-free devices give the illusion of safety, but are not, in actuality, safe to use while operating a vehicle.
Causing an accident while using a hands-free device may not come with criminal penalties and fines, but negligent drivers can be held civilly liable for any damages they cause. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to ensure you are treated fairly and provided the full compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney, please contact Cohen & Dwin today. Our attorneys serve victims of distracted drivers throughout Maryland from several office locations, but can come to you if your injuries make travel difficult.