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When Bad Driving Equals Negligence

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When Bad Driving Equals Negligence

  2. 2. Anyone Can Be a Bad Driver Many drivers take pride in their prowess behind the wheel. Surveys often show that people are willing to admit they sometimes do things they shouldn’t, such as speeding or texting; but few would say that they are actually bad drivers. However, the statistics suggest that many of us are more accident-prone than we’d like to believe. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  3. 3. Statistics on Road Safety In Maryland alone, around 500 people are killed in vehicle crashes every year. In 2015, the most recent year with available statistics, one person was killed every 17 hours, and 123 people were injured each day. In the United States, around 37,000 people are killed and 2.35 million are injured or disabled in vehicle crashes every year. Approximately 94 percent of crashes in the United States are attributed to human error. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  4. 4. Why Crashes Happen Before we dive into the causes of crashes, let’s first look at how human error is divided into different categories by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: ◦ Recognition error, comprising 41 percent of crashes related to human error, includes driver inattention, internal and external distractions. ◦ Decision error, comprising 33 percent of crashes related to human error, includes driving too fast for conditions, too fast for the curve, false assumption of others’ actions, illegal maneuver and misjudgment of gap or others’ speed. ◦ Performance error, comprising 11 percent of crashes related to human error, includes overcompensation, poor directional control, etc. ◦ Non-performance error, comprising 7 percent of crashes related to human error, includes fatigue or falling asleep behind the wheel. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  5. 5. Distracted Driving Every day in the United States, distraction-related crashes cause approximately 9 deaths and 1,000 injuries. Mobile devices are a major cause of distraction for drivers. Other activities that can cause distraction include having too many passengers in a vehicle, using navigation systems, fiddling with car stereos and eating or drinking. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  6. 6. Speeding Nearly one-third of all fatal crashes had speeding as a contributing factor. Speeding is more than just exceeding posted limits -- it also includes driving too fast for conditions. Drivers should adjust their speed according to weather, traffic congestion or the presence of construction zones, crashes or objects on the road. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  7. 7. Driver Impairment On average, someone dies in a drunk driving crash every 51 minutes in the United States. Approximately 150 people are killed on Maryland roads every year due to drunk driving. Even just a couple of drinks can put someone above the legal limit of intoxication. Other substances, such as marijuana, controlled substances or prescription medication, can greatly impair a driver’s performance. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  8. 8. Drowsy Driving As many as 6,000 crash deaths could be caused by drowsy driving every year in the United States. Research from the AAA Foundation found that missing just one to two hours of sleep in a 24-hour period could double someone’s chances of being involved in a vehicle crash. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  9. 9. Other Forms of Reckless Driving There are many other ways in which a driver can be careless behind the wheel, including: Failing to follow traffic signs and signals Turning or shifting lanes without signaling Following another vehicle too closely Failing to pay attention to the presence of pedestrians or cyclists. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  10. 10. What is Negligence? For drivers, negligence is the failure to drive according to the rules or accepted standards of road safety. Negligence does not necessarily imply that a driver willfully intends to cause harm. Careless driving or mistakes behind the wheel can also constitute negligence. When someone suffers harm because of a driver’s negligence, there can be both human and legal consequences. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  11. 11. Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable When someone is injured by a negligent driver, they can file a personal injury claim to recover payment for the costs of their injuries. A personal injury claim can offer compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other damages. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878
  12. 12. Contact Steven H. Heisler to Learn More If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent driver in Maryland, contact Steven H. Heisler to learn more about your legal options. Steven has been fighting for his clients for three decades. Put his experience and skill to work for you. Call 410-625-4878 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. HAVE A CASE? CALL US AT 410-625-4878