Every day, distracted drivers are seen on Maryland roads. They are seen texting, talking on their cellphones, putting on makeup, eating or interacting with passengers — among other things. Sadly, a number of these drivers end up causing accidents that leave others injured or dead. The victims of distracted driving accidents or — in the event of fatality — their loved ones may seek compensation for their losses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every single day in the United States, approximately nine people die in distracted driving-related auto collisions. On top of that, over 1,000 individuals are injured in such incidents on a daily basis. In all, that is a lot of people affected by distracted drivers every year. This is certainly not an issue to take lightly.
Distractions behind the wheel fall into three different categories: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions are anything that takes a person’s eyes off the road. Manual distractions are anything that takes one’s hands off the wheel. Finally, cognitive distractions are anything that takes a person’s mind off the main task at hand — operating the vehicle safely. In other words, there are so many things that can distract drivers and contribute to auto accidents.
Changing habits behind the wheel is the only thing that will stop distracted driving accidents from happening. Unfortunately, it is hard to convince people that this is the case, which is why these accidents happen all the time. The state of Maryland allows victims of such incidents, or their loved ones, to seek compensation through legal means. If driver negligence can be established, monetary damages may be awarded in one’s case.