A number of new laws took effect in Maryland as of October 1, 2014, including what is known as “Jake’s Law.”  In an effort to become tougher on distracted drivers, the Maryland Legislature created a law named for five year old Jake Owen who was killed in an accident in 2011 on the Baltimore Beltway by a driver who was utilizing a hand-held phone when the car Jake was riding in was struck from behind.

Distracted driving is one of the great dangers that technology has imposed on today’s society.  Study after study demonstrates that a driver’s reaction time when talking on a hand-held phone, or texting, is greatly diminished, and that the chances that the driver is involved in an accident increases greatly.

Although teenagers are thought of as the main violators of any no-texting-while-driving law, we are aware of numerous accidents caused by middle-aged drivers, and even senior citizens, who are improperly using their hand-held phones while driving.

Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg & Lewis strongly advises the public to avoid violation of this law which will impose a one (1) year jail term on any driver who is talking or texting on a hand-held phone and who then causes an accident resulting in any injury or death.

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