Injured by a distracted driver? We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.
Accidents caused by distracted drivers have grown as we have seen an increase in the use of personal technology. Use of cell phones and texting are two of the leading causes of distracted driving accidents, though they are not the only ones. Consulting a GPS device or using an iPod are other common causes of distracted driving accidents. Eating, drinking, applying makeup or looking in the mirror while driving are other common causes.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driver in Atlanta or the surrounding metro Atlanta area, please contact us today. We have achieved significant results for our previous clients in handling distracted driving cases.
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), statistics show that distracted driving kills approximately 5,500 people and causes injury to about 448,000 people per year throughout the United States. A recent study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Administration has found that 15 to 25 percent of vehicular crashes are associated with distractions while driving. The study concludes that use of cell phones while driving increases risk of crash, and texting while driving increases crash risk even more than talking on a cell phone.
Statistics also show that either sending or receiving text messages can take a driver’s eyes from the roadway for about 4.6 seconds on average. It has been proven that distracted drivers react slower, are more likely to take their eyes off of the roadway, and are more likely to take their hands off of the steering wheel. As the number of people killed and injured by distracted driving has grown annually, the seriousness with which distracted driving is treated by lawmakers has also grown. Certain states, including Georgia, have adopted laws dealing specifically with distracted driving.
In addition to state laws, federal laws prohibit all drivers of commercial vehicles, such as over the road truckers, from using cell phones in any capacity while operating the commercial vehicle. If they are convicted of this offense, they could possibly lose their commercial drivers license and receive a large fine.
Beginning in 2012, Georgia law prohibits teenagers under the age of 18 from using cell phones while driving, regardless of whether hand-held or hands-free. The law in Georgia also prohibits texting while driving for all drivers. Though it may seem obvious, teenagers are also prohibited from using computers while driving. School bus drivers in Georgia are not allowed to use cell phones if they have passengers on the bus. And additional legislation regarding distracted driving is being considered. As cell phones and other technological gadgets have grown in popularity, the problem of distracted driving has also grown and represents a very serious highway safety issue.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in a car accident caused by the distracted driving of another, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other unforeseen expenses arising out of your accident. You need the representation of experienced and knowledgeable attorneys on your side. Contact us online or call the Bennett Law Firm today at 404.541.9330 and make an appointment with us for a free consultation. We will sit down with you free of charge and discuss the specifics of your individual situation. We will evaluate all the evidence in your case and tell you what your options are. We look forward to your call.