How can I Hold a Texting Driver Responsible for my Atlanta Auto Accident?
Multitasking drivers engage in multiple activities behind the wheel that may cause them to be distracted and cause accidents and injuries. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has an entire division dedicated to preventing distracted driving. Though any types of driving distractions may cause accidents, Distraction.gov reports that texting is by far the most dangerous behaviors in which a driver may engage. This is because texting causes all three different kinds of distractions:
- Physical (hands off the wheel)
- Visual (eyes off the road)
- Cognitive (mental focus off of driving)
In fact, even reading a text message can cause a driver to travel the length of a football field without even looking at the road. At the Atlanta office of Boling Rice LLC, our personal injury attorneys are committed to holding texting drivers accountable for all damage and injuries they cause. If you have been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, call our office today at (770) 744-0890 to schedule a free consultation.
Texting is against Georgia law
Because of the severe risks of texting and driving, the Georgia legislature passed a statewide texting ban for drivers of all ages. As of July 10, 2010, no driver in our state can lawfully read or compose a text message, email, or any other form of instant messaging while driving. Additionally, drivers may not enter information into a browser or search the Internet while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, the law does not deter drivers from reading or sending messages as many people simply drop their phone in their laps if they see a law enforcement officer.
However, because texting and driving violates a safety law, courts will likely find any texting driver to be automatically negligent if they caused an accident and injuries. Once a texting driver is determined to have been negligent, they will likely be ordered by the court to compensate victims for any injuries or other losses related to the collision. For this reason, it is always highly important to contact an experienced auto accident lawyer who knows how to demonstrate evidence of negligence in court.