Fighting Against Distracted Drivers

You do your best to remain a focused, safe driver while out on the road. Unfortunately, there instances in which a driver can lose focus of the task at hand, resulting in an accident. At the Law Offices of John P. Zanelotti, PC, we care about our client's and their recovery. We take the time to investigate accidents, listen to your side of the story and determine when negligence has occurred. As your attorney, we will keep you informed throughout the process and make your recovery our priority.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's focus and attention is pulled to another task. This could involve sight, sounds and the use of your hands.

Common types of distracted driving include:

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Using a tablet or device
  • Looking at a map or navigation system
  • Eating or drinking
  • Interacting with passengers
  • Reaching for items in other areas of the vehicle

Any action that takes your attention off of the road while driving can be dangerous, and the results of an accident are often devastating. When crashes happen due to distracted driving, injuries are often serious. Drivers have delayed reactions because their attention is divided. They may drift into neighboring lanes of traffic, be unaware of pedestrians, bikes and motorcycles and miss traffic signals or signs.

Laws Against Texting And Driving

Texting while driving has become a major factor in many auto accidents, even though it is banned in Maryland and D.C. Maryland and D.C. statutes prohibit all drivers from text messaging or using handheld phones while driving. From newly licensed teenagers to veteran truck drivers, any driver who is distracted by a smart phone is at much greater risk of causing a collision. Texting while driving is the most dangerous type of distraction because not only are your hands are occupied, but your eyes are also diverted from the road.

Investigating Accidents And Advocating For Safety

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, contact us today. We have two convenient locations in Laurel and Ocean Pines, Maryland. Call 410-202-8067 to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We proudly serve injury victims throughout Beltsville, College Park, Columbia, Clinton, Lanham, Bowie, Silver Spring, Ft. Washington, Glen Burnie, Severna Park, Waldorf, La Plata and surrounding areas. Our Ocean Pines office allows us to serve victims in Snow Hill, Berlin, Ocean City, Pocomoke City, Salisbury, Cambridge and Easton.