Driving While Texting Accidents in Atlanta
Is It Considered Driver Negligence if a Driver is Texting When an Accident Happens?
Yes, texting while driving is considered a form of distracted driving and
is also illegal in the state of Georgia. There are three types of distracted
driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s distracted
Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
Visual: taking your eyes off the road
Cognitive: taking your mind off driving
Text messaging is considered the worst kind of distracted driving because
it causes the driver to lose all three attention types: manual, visual
and cognitive. As of July 2010, texting while driving was banned in Georgia
for drivers of all license classification or vehicle type. Distracted
drivers can easily cause traffic accidents that result in painful injuries.
If you have been involved in a car, motorcycle or truck accident due to
the other driver’s negligence (distracted driving), you can
contact Kalka & Baer LLC for a consultation.
Is It Unlawful to Use a Handheld Device While Driving in Georgia?
Due to thousands of distracted driving accidents that happen annually,
the government of Georgia has
prohibited hand-held cell phone use for all drivers in Georgia. Most drivers can use a hands-free device to use their cell phone, with
the exception of those who are under 18 as well as bus drivers. Those
who are caught disobeying this rule can be slapped with a $150 fine and
receive a point on their driving record. Emergency personnel and drivers
who are fully parked are allowed to use both hand-held and hands-free
devices while driving.
Though cell phone use has proven to be extremely dangerous, drivers continue
to use them. According to a survey,
Atlanta was ranked sixth for the cities that most use their phones, after 35% of drivers said they used their phone every single day while
driving. Yet another survey reported that Georgia had the third-highest
rate of drivers who text while driving. Many of these were of the younger
Those who have been hit by a careless driver should find out how they can
get compensated through an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. We have
successfully represented a number of clients involved in car accidents throughout Georgia.
Drivers Injured in Pedestrian Related Accidents
It is also important to note that walking and texting has proven to be
dangerous, because pedestrians are not as aware of their surroundings
as they are traveling. Drivers who have hit pedestrians that are texting
because the walkers made an unexpected move or failed to follow pedestrian
laws may be liable to get compensated.
How Dangerous is Texting While Driving?
Since the drastic increase in cell phone use in past decades, many organizations
have studied its effects on drivers. The Virginia Tech Transportation
Institute found that those who took their eyes off the road to text for
a mere five seconds would travel the length of a football field while
traveling at 55mph. They also found that a
driver who is texting is 23 times more likely to get in a
car accident than one who is not. Similarly, the National Highway Transportation Safety
Administration found that 18% of fatalities in distracted driving accidents
were related to texting.
In fact, cell phone-related deaths have continued to increase year after
year. Many drivers become distracted by their cell phone conversations
or by text messages they send or receive behind the wheel. The driver’s
mental focus changes from the task of driving to their conversations or
This behavior is so dangerous that it has been compared to drunk driving. Researchers from the University of Utah—as well as other scientists—have
said distracted driving while using a cell phone is as dangerous as
driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Alternatives to Using Your Cell Phone While Driving
To avoid texting and general cell phone use, it is recommended that drivers:
- Put their phones in a place that they can't see it and to turn it on
silent while driving.
- If others are in the car, then it might be wise to appoint a person to
receive and send all text messages.
- Download apps that prevent texts from being sent or received while an individual
- Use a Bluetooth headset or Bluetooth program that is part of your vehicle.
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