Distracted Driving

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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.

Types of Distracted Driving

The most common types of distracted driving include visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. This means that someone’s line of site, hands, or even mind are not attending the task at hand: driving their auto vehicle safely and consciously. The main culprit for any of these types of distracted driving is cell phone use. Eating, applying cosmetics, texting, and even breaking up arguments between children in the back seat can also apply.

In 2010 alone, 3,092 people were killed and an additional 416,000 injured because of distracted driving-related accidents. Of these accidents, eleven percent were caused by drivers under twenty years old. Approximately forty percent of all distracted driving accidents are caused by drivers under thirty.

Cellphone Laws

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.

Jake’s Law

Named after a young boy who was killed in an accident caused by a distracted driver, this law imposes severe penalties on anyone who seriously injures or kills someone due to cellphone use. This can include texting while driving, or anything else that would cause them to drive distracted. Drivers who are convicted can expect to receive up to three years in jail, a $5,000.00 fine, and twelve points on their license, which is enough for a suspension.

Benefits of Hiring a Distracted Driving Lawyer

If you or a loved one was hurt by a distracted driver, get the legal counsel you need from an attorney you trust. Malloy Law Offices, LLC can provide guidance regarding:

  • How much compensation you may be entitled to
  • Insurance settlements you may have been offered (and that you shouldn’t accept without getting legal advice first)
  • How to properly document your injuries
  • How to get your medical bills paid
  • What can be done if a defendant won’t admit that he or she was using a mobile device at the time of the accident
  • How our lawyers use discovery tools to gather evidence against negligent drivers
  • Subpoenaing phone records and other records to prove your case and maximize your financial recovery
  • How our extensive litigation background can be used to your advantage
  • A wrongful death claim

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.

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