The National Safety Council (NSC) has declared April 2014 “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in an effort to get drivers to stop using their cell phones. Although texting has been the focus of most distracted-driving laws, the NSC condemns any use of cell phones while driving, reminding us that “hands-free is not risk-free.”
Herald-Mail Media reports that the Maryland Highway Safety Office followed suit, teaming up with the Maryland State Police (MSP) to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving. The campaign is well-timed for a few reasons. Spring is here, which means people are less likely to worry about their driving now that the roads are ice free.
This false security makes drivers feel more comfortable while texting, which actually may lead to an increase in accidents during April and May. Also, technology companies are designing innovative “wearable tech” that they promise will make our lives easier and keep us more in tune with our devices.
However, new gadgets like Google Glass that invade the user’s field of vision, or smart watches that buzz to alert the wearer, could escalate the problem of distracted driving tremendously.
The MSP Is Taking A More Comprehensive Approach To Distracted Driving
The NSC is primarily focused on technological distractions, but the MSP is quick to remind drivers that cell phones are not the only distractions to be found in cars. Tuning the radio, eating or listening to a book on tape can all take your eyes or mind off of the road and cause a serious accident.
The MSP also criticizes the technology that manufacturers install in newer vehicles, claiming that backing cameras, Bluetooth radios and multifunctional dashboards make newer cars more dangerous.
If you suffered injuries in an accident with a distracted driver, you’re likely facing medical bills and time away from work. In theory, the driver’s insurance company should compensate you for your injuries, but in practice, insurance companies may offer victims of distracted drivers less than expected.
Fortunately, you can file a personal injury lawsuit and possibly recover the compensation you deserve. At Duboff & Associates we are committed to helping our clients stand up to big insurance companies and receive the money they need to fully recuperate from their injuries.
To speak with a Baltimore accident lawyer about your injuries, call us at 443-912-0002.
The Public Is Pressuring Lawmakers To Pass Jake’s Law
The Maryland legislature is also discussing distracted drivers this month, considering a bill that would toughen the penalties for distracted drivers who cause accidents. The bill is named “Jake’s Law” after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who died when a distracted driver struck his parent’s car.
Police fined the driver $1,000 for the distracted-driving death. If the driver had been drunk, he would have faced $5,000 and up to five years in jail.
Although you may not find justice in a criminal courtroom after an accident with a distracted driver, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. If you are considering a lawsuit but you are not sure whether or not your situation warrants it, call us. At Duboff & Associates, we offer a free consultation that can help you decide if a lawsuit is worth pursuing.
Call 443-912-0002 to schedule your consultation