Distracted Driver Accident Lawyers in Maryland
Maryland Personal Injury Attorneys
Have you suffered considerable losses in a devastating car accident because another motorist took their eyes off the road? It doesn’t matter whether they committed only a “small” mistake – they should compensate you for all resulting damages, including medical bills and lost wages.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we have helped many clients win significant monetary settlements and verdicts in their Maryland distracted driving car accident claims. If you’re looking for experienced, aggressive Waldorf personal injury attorneys who can help to secure you financial stability for the future, look no further. Call us today at 1-844-MDCRASH for a free, comprehensive consultation.
The Numbers on Distracted Driving
To this day, too many people do not take the dangers of distracted driving seriously. They continue to allow themselves to become distracted because they don’t believe a short period of time, like five seconds, can do any harm, but the sad reality is that it can. Distraction.gov, an info-based website created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), demonstrates the reality of driving while distracted across the U.S. through the following recent statistics:
- 20 percent of injury traffic crashes involved distracted driving;
- 448,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes;
- 5,474 people were killed in distracted driving accidents;
- 995 people were killed in distracted driving crashes that involved cell phone use; and
- People younger than 20-years-old had the largest number of distracted drivers.
A distraction is anything that takes a person’s attention off of driving. The NHTSA divides distractions into three main categories: 1) Visual, which involves taking one’s eyes of the road; 2) Manual, which involves taking one’s hands off the steering wheel; and 3) Cognitive, which involves taking one’s mind off the task of driving. Common distractions that result in one or any combination of these three types include:
- Talking on a cell phone;
- Talking to passengers;
- Dealing with children and/or pets; and
- Watching a video.
What Is Jake’s Law?
When a person allows him – or herself to become distracted, they are making a choice, just like when a person chooses to get behind the wheel after they’ve had a few drinks. Eating and drinking, grooming, turning around and talking to passengers, and texting while driving all have the potential to cause serious injury to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists.
Up until October 1, 2014, in Maryland, distracted drivers that caused accidents were simply fined in accordance with the laws of the time. This is no longer the case. Thanks to Jake’s Law, named after a child killed by a distracted driver back in 2011, distracted drivers in Maryland today could face tough penalties, including a jail sentence of up to a year, a fine of up to $5,000 and 12 points against their license. Supporters of Jake’s Law hope distracted driving will be deterred as a result of the bill’s recent passage.
Holding Distracted Drivers Liable
Many drivers make the choice to be distracted while driving. To be held accountable for their actions, the injured victims of distracted drivers must make the choice to file a personal injury claim, as is their right. If you or loved one has been injured in a car crash caused by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your losses. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our Waldorf car accident attorneys consider distracted driving accidents to be preventable and are committed to helping their clients obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.