As a Maryland accident lawyer who serves the communities in and around Washington, D.C. and has represented clients who have been directly injured by drivers who were texting, I’ve seen firsthand how dangerous it is to text and drive.
As tempting as it can be to fire off a text message to a friend telling her we’re running late, or to let a relative know you can make it to the barbecue on Saturday or what have you, it is vitally important that we all remember how dangerous it is to pay anything less than one’s full attention to the road when behind the wheel. Distracted driving is to blame for far too many accidents and resulting injuries and deaths.
To underscore this point: Earlier this month, a Maryland woman drove her car into a lake because she was texting at the time.
According to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, the 25-year-old woman was heading down St. Charles Parkway near Waldorf, Maryland, around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when she veered from the road. She struck a tree and then landed in Wakefield Lake.
When authorities arrived, the car was submerged in about five feet of water. The woman reportedly told officers who responded that she lost control of her car because she had been texting and was not paying attention.
The woman was not seriously injured in the incident, but it is easy to see how the outcome could have been entirely different. Just think what would have happened if another vehicle or a pedestrian had been in the woman’s way at the time.
If you are ever hurt in a car accident, we invite you to contact us. Investigating what, if any, legal options are available to you would be a good idea.
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