Driving requires significant focus. Because Americans spend so much time driving, we can forget how dangerous automobiles are. Many people also use that car time to catch up on emails or texts or watch videos on their smart phones while driving. However, texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving cause many easily avoidable accidents.
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a distracted driver, talk with an experienced lawyer from our firm. At the law offices of Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., our lawyers have more than 125 years of combined legal experience handling distracted driver accidents and other auto accident claims. From our home office in Annapolis, we represent clients all the way to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Through our strategic, aggressive litigation approach, we have won millions for our clients, and we are prepared to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.Technological Distractions
Since they became small and cost-effective enough to become a viable option for people, it seems that everyone has a cellphone, smart phone or other hand-held device. Just as public pay phones have disappeared as a result of these handheld devices, unfortunately so has respect among many drivers for the importance of safe, attentive driving.
At Joel L. Katz, L.L.C., we represent clients injured in accidents caused by people:
- Talking on cellphones
- Watching videos
- Combing the Internet
Although texting while driving and doing other things with handheld devices have become commonplace, the fact is that this is extremely dangerous.Holding Distracted Drivers Accountable
Maryland has strict distracted driving laws. Whether a driver is texting, checking emails, using headphones or earbuds, or even merely holding their phone for any reason while behind the wheel, it is illegal (and dangerous!).
A driver who takes his or her eyes off of the road for even a few seconds may cause an accident that has lifelong repercussions. While a distracted driver will have to answer to the law, injured victims and their families may continue to suffer long after the accident is over. Our Annapolis firm has over 40 years of experience advocating for injury victims and making sure that they have the resources they need to recover from both economic loss and non-economic damages.Drunk Driver Accidents
Obviously, drunk driving is one of the most significant causes of accidents. At this point, everyone should be well aware of the dangers involved with drunk driving, yet drunk driving accidents continue to happen at an alarming rate. We represent clients who have suffered serious injuries after being hit by drunk drivers.
If a driver is negligent, he or she is liable for injuries and losses caused by this negligence. If you have been injured or have suffered the wrongful death of someone you love as a result of distracted driving, talk with an attorney from our firm to discuss your rights and options going forward.Fighting on Your Behalf
Being in a car accident can be overwhelming. Depending on fault, an insurance company may offer you a settlement or resolution of your personal injury protection (PIP), property damage, etc., but chances are it will not be enough to fully cover all of your expenses. Vehicle damage, medical bills and lost wages are just some of the financial considerations you may be facing. In addition, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering the accident caused. We have your best interests in mind, and will work diligently to investigate all the facts surrounding your accident and aggressively negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries.Contact Joel L. Katz, L.L.C. - Free Initial Consultations