Why cell phones and other devices are a hazard to your safety and your driving record
Distracted driving increased the risk of an accident by at least three times, and the government is trying to beat these statistics. States across the country are passing hands-free device regulations and laws against texting while driving in order to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the road. This means that using a cell phone, electronic device, or engaging in other activities while driving is not only dangerous, it can also result in a fine or license suspension.
It is estimated that at any time across the country, there are around 660,000 drivers who are using an electronic device while driving. In addition, an average text takes a driver’s eyes of the road for five seconds, enough time to cover 100 yards at 55 miles per hour – all driven blindly. These dangerous conditions have caused enough accidents in the past few years to merit attention from state legislature.
Young drivers are at greater risk of distracted driving. 27% of all distracted accidents with fatal results involved drivers in their 20s. 10% of all drivers under 20 were distracted at the time of an accident. New distracted driving laws can add a criminal charge to these drivers’ records at an early age.
Cell phones and other mobile devices make up the majority distracted driving incidents on the road, but there are other distractions as well. Talking to passengers, grooming and even adjusting the radio takes your attention away from the road, and affects a driver’s control of their car or vehicle. While most laws speak specifically to the use of electronic devices, a police officer can still pull you over for driving erratically or recklessly.
In order to avoid criminal charges from these new laws, the attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC, recommend that all drivers get a hands-free device for their phones, and to avoid the temptation of texting while driving. If a text cannot wait, pull over or find a parking lot to stop and reply. The risk of an accident or getting arrested is not worth the time you might have to wait to respond to a text.
The attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage any driver with questions about these new laws, or anyone involved in an accident with a distracted driver to contact them. They have extensive experience with Maryland traffic law, building cases on behalf of their clients, and securing the maximum possible compensation.