Q: What qualifies as a Maryland distracted driving accident, and how can a Maryland car accident lawyer help me get compensation if Ive been hurt in such a crash?
A Maryland distracted driving accident is basically any accident in which the driver who caused the crash did so because he or she was momentarily distracted from the road. Typical causes of a distracted driving accident include:
- Calling on a cell phone
- Texting with a cell phone
- Programming a GPS device
- Fiddling with the vehicle’s radio, CD player or DVD player
- Reading the newspaper or a magazine
- Putting on makeup in the car
- Eating or drinking while driving
While most of these distractions are not actually against the law, the local police may charge the person responsible for the crash for either negligent driving or for driving while distracted if any one of these distractions was the cause of the crash. You should also know that texting while driving is illegal in Maryland and therefore carries even more serious consequences for the negligent driver.
This is not a problem to be taken lightly. According to one projection, this year alone one in 30 accident victims will end up in the hospital as a result of distracted-driving crashes related to cell phones.
An experienced Maryland car accident lawyer knows how to handle these cases and can make sure that you get adequate compensation for any injuries you received in the accident. If you or a family member has been the victim of a Maryland distracted driving accident, call our offices at 1-800-875-9700 to see how our skilled attorneys can help you win your case.
At Nickelsporn and Lundin, we care about the safety of our clients. Please drive safely and do your part to prevent another Maryland auto accident caused by distracted driving.