Distracted driving is one of the biggest safety threats on the road in Georgia and throughout the United States. This dangerous practice kills more than 15 people and injures over 1,200 people each day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s no wonder that more than 1 out of 3 drivers say they feel less safe operating a vehicle now than they did 5 years ago. That’s partly because an alarming number of people are engaged in distracting behaviors behind the wheel when they should be focused on driving.
The Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyers Millar & Mixon have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts, settlements and judgments for people who have been injured in car crashes, including ones caused by distracted driving. If a distracted driver caused an accident that harmed you or someone you love, our law firm can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.
Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. Call 770-477-6360 or fill out our online contact form. Millar & Mixon does not charge for meeting with you and evaluating your claim. If we accept your case, we usually represent clients on a contingent fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us any attorney fees unless we recover money for you.
Georgia Accidents Caused By Distracted Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, there are three main types of distractions for drivers:
- Visual – This happens when you take your eyes off the road.
- Manual – This distraction occurs when your hands are off the steering wheel.
- Cognitive – This kind of distraction happens when your mind is not focused on what you are doing.
Any activity that diverts the driver’s attention while operating a motor vehicle amounts to distracted driving. Some of the most common – and dangerous – distractions include:
- Text messaging
- Talking on a cell phone
- Using in-vehicle technologies such as navigation systems
- Tuning the radio, CD player or iPod
- Talking with other passengers or tending to children or pets
- Personal grooming tasks such as shaving, putting on makeup and brushing hair
- Eating and drinking
- Reading maps, newspapers or other printed materials
- Picking up dropped objects from the floor
Of all of these activities, texting while driving is considered the most dangerous because it combines all three types of distractions. Text messaging causes some of the worst car accidents, including head-on crashes. A 2010 HealthStyles Survey found that 9 percent of all drivers in the United States regularly text or send emails while driving.
Georgia Distracted Driving Laws
Georgia has outlawed some of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving, though many drivers routinely break these laws. The state bans texting while driving for all motorists. The texting ban is a primary law, meaning police can pull over a driver for texting alone without observing another infraction. Georgia has a limited ban on cell phone use behind the wheel. Novice drivers under age 18 cannot use a cell phone while driving in Georgia, and school bus drivers are also barred from using cell phones behind the wheel. The cell phone ban covers both handheld and hands-free phones. Other drivers 18 and older are allowed to use cell phones while driving.
However, the issue of whether a driver is liable for a car accident is separate from whether they were breaking a law at the time. For example, if a driver over the age of 18 was talking on the cell phone and caused a crash, that could still be evidence of negligence even though it wasn’t against Georgia law for that driver to use the phone.
A 2011 report by the Governors Highway Safety Commission reveals how often drivers indulge themselves in potentially lethal distractions despite the risks and the laws against them. The study concluded that approximately 15 to 25 percent of all auto accidents are associated with distracted driving. In addition, drivers are distracted about half the time they are in control of an automobile. The report also found that texting increases the risk of car wrecks over cell phone use.
Any type of cell phone use, whether handheld or through a headset, delays a driver’s reaction just as much as having a blood alcohol reading at the legal limit of 0.08 percent. This means that distracted driving may be just as deadly as driving while under the influence.
Contact an Atlanta Distracted Driving Attorney Today
The personal injury lawyers at Millar & Mixon are passionate about holding distracted drivers responsible for the harm they cause in serious car accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured in a wreck caused by a distracted driver, we can help.
Call the Georgia distracted driving accident attorneys at Millar & Mixon now at 770-477-6360 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.
We represent victims of distracted driving accidents in Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah, Rome, Augusta, Marietta, Decatur, Roswell, Peachtree City, Sandy Springs, Riverdale and throughout Georgia.