Waldorf Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys
INjured by a Distracted Driver in Waldorf, MD?
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, turn to the experienced Waldorf distracted driving accident lawyers at Farmer & Klopfer. Our team is committed to providing personalized, compassionate care throughout the recovery process. We are also committed to holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions and advocating for maximum compensation on your behalf.
When you're ready to discuss your legal options, we invite you to call our office at (301) 265-2220. Our team is available to answer your questions and provide the support you need to move forward.
What is a "Distracted Driving" Accident?
Driving is already an inherently dangerous activity. The roads are full of other drivers who are also trying to get to their destinations on time, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles. The inherent danger of driving is compounded by the fact that many drivers are not fully focused on the road.
Distracted driving accidents occur when a driver is not paying attention to the road due to a distraction inside or outside of the vehicle. It involves engaging in activities that take their focus away from the road, increasing the risk of accidents.
There are three main types of distractions:
- Visual distraction: This occurs when a driver looks at something other than the road, like checking their phone or looking at a map.
- Manual distraction: This involves taking one or both hands off the steering wheel to do something else, such as texting, eating, or adjusting controls.
- Cognitive distraction: This happens when a driver's mind wanders away from driving, like daydreaming or being preoccupied with other thoughts.
Each type of distraction is hazardous as it impairs a driver's ability to observe and respond to traffic conditions and unexpected events. Distracted driving has become a significant problem due to the prevalence of mobile devices and other technologies that can easily divert a driver's attention.
Examples of common distracted driving accidents include:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cell phone while driving
- Eating or drinking while driving
- Using a navigation system
- Adjusting the radio or climate controls
- Reading a text message or email
These types of accidents are extremely dangerous because the distracted driver is not paying attention to the road. They are not only a danger to themselves, but to other drivers on the road and pedestrians. Distracted driving accidents are the cause of many car and truck accidents in Maryland.
How Many People Are Involved in Distracted Driving Accidents?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2017. This is an increase of 37% since 2013. The NHTSA estimates that over 1.5 million people were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2017. These are only the reported cases, and many more go unreported.
Distracted driving accidents are most common among teens. According to the NHTSA, over one-third of all car accidents involving teen drivers are caused by distracted driving. The most common distraction for teen drivers is texting while driving. However, teens are not the only drivers who are distracted.
Distracted driving accidents can happen to anyone.
What Damages Are Available in a Distracted Driving Accident Claim?
In a personal injury claim, you will be asking for compensation for a variety of damages. The type of damages that you can recover will depend on the circumstances of your case.
In a distracted driving accident claim, you will likely be able to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses: Your medical expenses will include the costs of any treatment you received for your injuries. This can include the cost of any medications that you have to take on a regular basis, any surgeries you have to undergo, and any physical therapy you have to undergo.
- Lost wages: If you are unable to work due to your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for your lost wages. This will depend on how long you are unable to work and how much you normally earn per year. You may also be able to recover compensation for future lost wages if you will be unable to work in the future due to your injuries.
- Pain and suffering: You may be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injuries. This can include physical pain, mental anguish, emotional pain, and more.
Do not hesitate to let our legal team investigate your case, collect evidence, and fight for the compensation you deserve. We are ready to protect your rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom.
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