Protecting Victims Injured in Distracted Driving Accidents in Maryland
Accomplished auto accident attorneys serving clients in Baltimore, Columbia and beyond
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Maryland and throughout the United States. Every day, driver inattention puts other people at risk of a collision, resulting in serious injuries and thousands of dollars’ worth of property damage. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we fight hard on behalf of victims throughout Baltimore, Columbia and Maryland whose lives have been changed, sometimes permanently, because of the negligence of a distracted driver.
The facts about distracted driving
Distraction.gov defines distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” Cell phone and hand-held device usage is the primary culprit, but a driver can become distracted when:
- Eating or drinking
- Playing with the radio
- Reading a map or GPS
- Applying makeup
- Watching videos
Many of these activities are still legal to do; your car probably came with cup holders and a built-in radio, and most new cars feature a built-in navigation system. Most state laws, however, focus on texting or cell phone usage only, and Maryland is no exception. The current law bans texting and hand-held cell phone use for all drivers of all ages. New drivers with a provisional license or a permit are also banned from using hands-free technology to talk on their phones.
The Maryland MVA found that in 2013:
- 52,734 crashes were the result of distracted driving
- 18,066 injuries resulted from those crashes
- 166 people died in Maryland in distracted driver-related auto accidents
- 4% of distracted driving accidents occurred in the Baltimore Metropolitan area
- “ Drivers under 30 years old account for nearly 40 percent of all distracted drivers involved in crashes”
The good news is that the number of auto accidents in Maryland related to distracted driving is actually declining – but based on the numbers, it is not declining fast enough.
Distracted driving accidents can cause serious injuries
A driver whose sole focus is not on the road is more likely to miss warning signs of danger up ahead. Distracted driving can result in rear-end collisions, swerving into another lane or into oncoming traffic, and failing to obey traffic signals. Depending on the force of the impact, you could suffer broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage or permanent spinal cord damage leading to paralysis. In the most tragic circumstances, a distracted driver can cause an accident serious enough to take the life of your loved one.
In these cases, it is crucial that you seek the guidance and legal support of a skilled Maryland car accident attorney. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we have spent 30 years helping car accident victims and their families obtain the compensation they need. We are fierce courtroom litigators with a well-established reputation throughout Maryland for our aggressive strategies. We never settle a case just because it may be easier, and we prepare every case we take for a trial to ensure that no stone is unturned. If a distracted driver caused you harm, our auto accident lawyers stop at nothing to ensure that the party responsible is held accountable for his or her actions.
Distracted drivers are dangerous to themselves and others
Distracted drivers are dangerous, to themselves, to their passengers, to other drivers and to pedestrians. Every year, people suffer serious injuries at the hands of distracted drivers – injuries that may require a very long time to recover from, if the victim can recover at all. At our office, we have helped families where a member was injured by a distracted driver, and suffered serious consequences like:
- Traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to strokes, bleeding on the brain and permanent brain damage
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result in partial or full paralysis
- Broken bones and fractures
- Loss of limb
- Organ damage
- Permanent hearing or vision loss
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
Help for Maryland victims of distracted driver accidents
Distracted drivers can cause serious car accidents; your future and your life may depend on the work of an accomplished personal injury lawyer. Plaxen & Adler, P.A., offers comprehensive care and counsel for injury victims in Baltimore, Columbia and throughout Maryland. Please call us at 410-988-4449 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.