Distracted Driver Accidents

One out of Five Crashes That Result in Injuries are Reported as Being the Result of Distracted Driving

Talking or texting on cell phones, changing the radio station, applying makeup, drinking and eating, even watching a video while driving: These are some of the behaviors responsible for the alarming increase in distracted driver accidents. You may not engage in such behavior, but chances are the person who caused your accident injuries has. Distracted driving is thought to cause 18 percent of all accidents that result in injuries.

At Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP, we have helped hundreds of clients in Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County who have been injured or have had a family member injured or killed by a distracted driver. As car crash attorneys, we see the physical and emotional pain of catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage. As parents, we worry as our children go off with their friends – wondering who may be texting while driving.

Whether you are a teenager, a parent or any adult who uses a cell phone while driving, we urge you to consider these distracted driving statistics. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another driver being on the cell phone or texting, we encourage you to contact us at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP to schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs.

In Maryland, Texting and Using Hand-Held cell Phones While Driving is Against the Law

When we are taught to drive, we learn to keep both hands on the wheel and our eyes on the road – both of which are nearly impossible to do when we are distracted by our smart phone, our navigation system or other electronic device. When an accident occurs, one of the first things that police check for is whether the driver was talking or texting on their cell phone. Hand-held cell phone use is banned while driving, period. And for a newly licensed (novice) driver, even hands-free devices are disallowed.

If it can be proven that the driver who caused your accident injury was texting or using a banned device while driving, we will use that against him or her. Distracted driving is a form of negligence – an act by someone else that caused you to be injured. Distracted drivers should be held accountable for their actions in the same way our DUI lawyers hold drunk drivers accountable for theirs.

Our distracted driving attorneys in Hanover, MD fight so that you are able to recover damages for the harm you have suffered, including compensation for:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

We provide legal assistance to people injured by distracted drivers in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, MD

If you have been hurt by a distracted driver, Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP can help. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.