We all know that we should not engage in distracted driving. It is a practice that reduces the attention that we can pay to the road and it increases the risk of a collision. We should all do what we can to prevent and reduce instances of distracted driving.

If you have recently been affected by distracted driving, you should take the time to understand the basic facts surrounding it. Distracted driving is, unfortunately, very common, and it is, theoretically, preventable.

How is distracted driving defined?

Distracted driving is defined as any type of behavior that takes attention away from operating the vehicle. This could include attending to children in the back seat, speaking on a mobile phone, browsing social media, or eating and driving. These types of activities reduce a driver’s ability to focus on potential hazards and to react appropriately.

How common is distracted driving?

Distracted driving is engaged in by almost every driver, every day, to some degree. This could be through engaging in an action such as looking in the rearview mirror to check on a sleeping child or daydreaming about future plans rather than keeping one’s mind on the road. Not all sources of distraction are completely preventable, but it should be your goal as a driver to minimize sources of distraction as much as possible.

The United States Department of Transportation reported that 3,166 people died in 2017 due to distracted driving. This shows the tragic frequency of distracted driving and the way that it can destroy people’s lives.

How can distracted driving be proven?

If you believe that you were involved in a car accident that occurred because of another driver’s distracted driving, you must be able to prove this. If you believe that the other driver was using their phone while driving, you may be able to show this by having their phone records checked. Security cameras and eyewitness statements may also help you to correctly attribute fault.

Making sure that a driver is responsible for irresponsible or reckless behavior is important, both for your claim in Maryland and the safety of the roads. Make sure to take action to get justice.