Distracted driving is a nationwide issue that states are addressing through cell phone bans. In fact, all but two states have passed laws against texting and driving. Still, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 660,000 Americans are using a cell phone while driving at any given moment during the day.
In Maryland, we’ve banned texting for all motorists and all cell-phone use for novice and bus drivers.
These new laws have been met with mixed reactions. Some people criticize the laws, fearing that police will have a hard time enforcing them.
According to ABC News, those fears are unfounded. The Maryland State Police report issuing approximately 6,800 electronic tickets for distracted driving during the past seven months.
By comparison, the MSP issued only 5,000 tickets during 2013. Furthermore, those numbers only include electronic tickets, not hand-written ones, as well.
Before the period began, texting and driving was a secondary offense, meaning that officers could only issue a ticket after pulling the driver over for another violation. Now, texting is a primary offense, and the effects of the change are encouraging.
Pedestrian Accident Involving Bus Leaves Woman Seriously Injured
NBC News reports that a woman was crossing a three-lane road when a bus driver failed to yield and collided with her. The accident occurred at 5:00 a.m., and officials say that caution lights would have been flashing at the time, because she was crossing in a school zone.
Paramedics arrived and took the women, who had serious injuries, to a nearby hospital. Police say that they will investigate the pedestrian incident, and they are looking for two witnesses who were riding the bus at the time but left the scene before officers arrived.
Investigators plan to look into whether or not the crosswalk lights were also illuminated at the time of the accident by looking through the bus’s camera footage.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident with a negligent driver, call us to determine how best to proceed. At Duboff & Associates, Chartered, we have more than 30 years of experience helping reckless driving victims seek the compensation they deserve through civil lawsuits.
To arrange a consultation with a Baltimore accident lawyer, call us today at 443-912-0002.
Man Recovering After Hit-and-Run Accident in Baltimore
Another pedestrian accident left a Baltimore man suffering from serious injuries, as well as no memory of the event that left him bed ridden. WBALTV News reports that Kenneth Wright was walking across the road to catch the bus when another driver passed the bus and struck him.
After hours of surgery, Wright was recovering in a care facility and told reporters that he wanted the driver to step forward and let him move past the incident. According to the police report, only the bus driver witnessed the crime, but couldn’t tell them who struck Wright.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident in Baltimore, you’ll need an accident lawyer on your side to help you seek justice in a civil courtroom. At DuBoff & Associates, Chartered, we offer free initial consultations to prospective clients who are considering a lawsuit.
To arrange a consultation with an experienced accident lawyer, call us today at 443-912-0002.