When behind the wheel, a driver’s primary responsibility is the task at hand. This means that he or she should focus on the safe operation of the vehicle and follow the rules of the road. Unfortunately, many drivers do not realize the importance of this responsibility, and they may engage in behaviors that are risky and irresponsible. Drivers are often under the impression that they can safely multitask while behind the wheel, but that is simply not true.
Distracted driving is one of the most serious safety concerns for Maryland drivers. Even if they believe that they can, drivers cannot safely drive while also doing other things, such as eating, drinking or using a phone. Each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes while behind the wheel, especially if those choices cause harm to someone else.
A serious danger for everyone
Estimates suggest that approximately 3,500 people died in accidents caused by distracted driving in 2021. However, there is reason to believe that the actual number of distracted driving fatalities is much higher. Drivers are often reluctant to admit when they are using their phones while driving, and phones can be distracting even when a driver is not texting. For example, it can be dangerous to input GPS information, listen to a phone call or even hold a phone while also operating a vehicle.
Studies have found that distracted driving can affect a driver up to 30 seconds after he or she stops engaging in the distracting activity. Experts believe that this means more accidents could be related to distraction than previously thought. By engaging in activities that take their focus, drivers may have “mental clutter” that could make it more likely they will be in an accident. Regardless, there is no excuse for negligent or reckless driving, regardless of the reason.
Recovery after an accident
If you received an injury in an accident caused by distracted driving, there are legal options available to you. Through the civil justice system, you may be able to file a claim through which you may be able to seek compensation and recovery. These types of claims are time-sensitive, and it is beneficial to take quick action to learn about important next steps as soon as possible after your accident.