We live in a time where drivers are more distracted than ever. While countless forms of negligence take place on the road every single day, including speeding, driving while intoxicated, and more, texting while driving has proven to surpass them all in terms of accidents and fatalities. In fact, in a statement issued by the Federal Communication Commission, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving. This is a chilling statistic, and if you’ve been harmed in an accident by a motorist who was using his or her cellular device while driving, it is critical that you continue reading and contact our Maryland personal injury lawyer to learn more about texting while driving accidents and how we can assist you if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process ahead:
What should I do after an accident with a motorist who was texting while driving?
If you are injured in an auto accident with a motorist who was texting while driving, it is paramount that you take the following steps to maximize your chances of winning a personal injury claim in the future:
- First, you should call the police to the scene of the accident.
- You should then politely ask the other driver for his or her insurance information and keep all other conversation to a minimum.
- Next, ask all witnesses for their contact information.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle, the other motorist’s vehicle, and any other property involved in the accident.
- Ensure you receive immediate medical treatment.
- Once you are in stable condition, you should hire a Maryland personal injury lawyer who can work to obtain all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf, including surveillance footage of the accident and cellular records of the negligent motorist to determine whether he or she was truly using his or her cellular device at the time of the accident.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Maryland is, generally, three years, which is why it is so important that you speak with our legal team as soon as you can after sustaining an injury in an accident due to a distracted driver. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner we can begin fighting for your rightful compensation, and if you wait any longer than three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the liable party, you will most likely permanently lose your right to sue. Give us a call today.
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The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Anne Arundel County and Howard County, Maryland who need legal assistance for criminal defense or personal injury matters. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.