Texting and Driving Laws – Maryland
February 18, 2021 by Yale Spector
Texting and Driving in Maryland
Texting and driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, over 3,000 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving. Over 23% of those killed each year in distracted driver accidents are in their 20s. There are an estimated 170 billion text messages sent in the U.S. every month.
Maryland Texting Laws
Maryland’s Department of Transportation stated that texting and using your phone while driving are leading causes of distracted driving for Maryland residents. Currently, the law in Maryland prohibits the use of a handheld phone while driving. The law includes the act of writing, sending or reading of a text or electronic message. Maryland’s DoT recommends putting down the phone while driving in order to avoid a fine.
All distractions to a driver are potential problems and are putting those around them at risk for injury. The act of texting or calling is a step up from other distracting activities because you physically engaged, mentally checked out from the road and are focusing on the conversation.
Some of the most common forms of driver distractions are as follows:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Conversing with passengers
- Using a GPS
- Using the radio
Most of us partake in these distracting activities at least a couple times per week without realizing how dangerous it can be. The more distractions a driver has the less likely they are to correct a mistake.
Contact our knowledgeable car accident attorneys at the Spector Injury & Accident Lawyers if you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligent act.