Cell phones have become the latest epidemic on the roads. Now more than ever, people are using phones to text and as GPS devices–often while the car is in motion. It is so easy for someone to take their eyes off the road for what seems like only a second. The reality is, during those seconds, they are traveling nearly the length of a football field. This can lead to disastrous results for you or a loved one, especially if the distracted driver was traveling at high speeds. If you have been involved in an accident with a distracted driver, contact a highly skilled distracted driving attorney today. They will fight tirelessly for you so that you receive the compensation you deserve.
The most common types of distracted driving include visual, manual, and cognitive distractions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that texting while driving is the most dangerous type of distracted driving. This is mostly because texting combines all 3 types of driving distractions at once: visual, manual and cognitive.
If someone wishes to use a cellphone while driving, they must adhere to the following laws. In Maryland, all cellphones must be connected to a hands-free device while the auto vehicle is being operated. Texting is also prohibited unless it is for an emergency situation and 9-1-1 is being contacted, or GPS is being updated. Breaking these laws can put someone at risk for a misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense, as well as having a fine up to $500.
If you or a loved one was hurt by a distracted driver, get the legal counsel you need from a distracted driving attorney that you trust. Malloy Law Offices, LLC can provide guidance regarding:
Contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC, for help with your case. We offer a free initial consultation regarding injuries caused by distracted drivers and other personal injury matters.