The Ultimate Guide to Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become a serious issue across the United States. The NHTSA reports that 26,000 lives were lost from distracted drivers between 2012 and 2019 alone. In the interest of protecting yourself and everyone else on the road, we’ve created this guide to avoid distracted driving complications.

Consequences of Distracted Driving

The most obvious consequence of distracted driving is the costliest one: a life. Over 3,000 individuals lost their lives in the year 2019 as a direct result of distracted driving accidents. 4 out of every 5 accidents resulted in at least some type of personal injury.

Distracted driving alone (without an accident) in the state of Maryland usually results in fines of up to $160 dollars as well as a maximum of three points added to the offending driver’s record. Naturally, those consequences ramp up in the event that a serious injury takes place. According to Jake’s Law, a driver that causes serious injury or death while talking on a handheld cell phone or texting may receive a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine up to $5,000.

Common Causes of Distracted Driving Incidents

Below, we outline the most common causes of distracted driving, as well as a few tips to make sure you don’t find yourself in a difficult legal situation by violating one of these guidelines.

  • Talking/ texting on your cellphone. Need to send an urgent text? Always pull over! The time “wasted” is worth it compared to the potential risks.
  • Eating or drinking. It may be tempting to try to eat a meal on the go, but you really should have two hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road at all times.
  • Using a navigation system. Using navigation is part of driving in unfamiliar territories. To ensure your safety, be sure to set your destination before hitting the road.
  • Talking to passengers. Be sure that your conversations with others in the car are not requiring you to take your eyes or attention off the road.
  • Shifting cargo. Sometimes a sharp turn can cause groceries or luggage to shift in our cars. If you need to make an adjustment to your cargo, don’t do it while the car is in motion!
  • Adjusting music. As is the case with navigation, make sure you set up your music before the car is in motion.
  • Grooming. It’s much better to be a few minutes late than risk an accident by putting the final touches on the day’s look.

We Can Help You Avoid Severe Distracted Driving Consequences

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today. Skype, Zoom and Facetime consultations are available as well.

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