Texting While Driving Leads to Car Crashes
Many motorists in Georgia and throughout the nation talk on cell phones, text, email, or browse the Internet while behind the wheel. Technology in the newer smart phones has made it easy for people to participate in all of these tasks right from the palms of their hands. Newer cell phones are great; however, when this technology is combined with driving, it can lead to car accidents.
Since there is so much congestion on the Atlanta roadways, many drivers participate in talking on their cell phones, texting, and sending emails while waiting in traffic. Recent surveys have shown that many drivers admit to talking or texting while driving, which is considered distracted driving.
Because distracted driving has led to an increase in car crashes nationwide, many states have adopted certain cell phone bans for drivers. On July 1, 2010, Georgia ruled that "No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, electronic mail, or Internet data."
Also, the State of Georgia ruled that any teenager 18 years of age or younger cannot use a wireless device to talk or text while driving. The fines for both offenses are $150 and one point added to the driver's license. These laws were put in place for the safety of everyone on the roads in Georgia. It is easy to try and sneak a peek at your text messages while driving, but remember that you may be putting your life and the lives of other innocent people in danger when you do.
The National Safety Council estimates that 28 percent of all car crashes have occurred because of drivers who text or talk on their cell phones from behind the wheel. Don't become a statistic. Do your part to keep you and your passengers safe. If you have been injured in a car crash in Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia that you believe occurred because of a negligent driver, then contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney today. The other driver may have been texting or engaging in distracted driving behaviors, and you may be entitled to compensation.