Highway deaths are on the rise in Georgia and across the nation after years of decline. In 2015 alone, the NHTSA claimed that there were 3,477 deaths in the U.S. just from distracted driving. Traffic safety experts attribute the turn-a-round in large part to distracted driving. It takes only a few seconds of wandering attention to cause a vehicle accident that may result in serious injuries or death to the driver, a passenger, or others on the road. A driver who causes an accident due to distraction is a negligent driver. Victims of distracted drivers who are injured, or surviving family members of those who are killed by a distracted driver, have the legal right to recover compensation for their economic and non-economic or quality-of-life damages caused by the distracted driver’s negligence.
While there are many types of distraction that can cause a driver’s attention to wander from the road, Smartphone use is at the top of the list. Talking on the phone, texting, emailing, checking social media, getting directions or reading an online map are all hazards of Smartphone use that interfere with driver attention and concentration. Because so many people spend so much of their day glued to their Smartphone, many drivers feel a false sense of confidence that they can drive and use the phone at the same time—which they can’t. Using electronic devices is a distraction that can be fatal, to the user and to others on the road.
One study conducted by telecommunications giant AT&T revealed that about 70 percent of Smartphone users allow themselves to become distracted behind the wheel. 49% admitted to checking their social media accounts while driving, 30 percent to surfing the Web, and 10 percent to engaging in video chat while driving.
Other distractions that cause accidents include rubbernecking at traffic stops and accidents, personal grooming, eating and drinking, changing the radio station or adjusting the GPS, picking up objects dropped on the floor, pets, and engaging with children or other passengers in the car.
Teenagers seem especially prone to distracted driving. Teens tend to be even more heavily involved in social media, text messaging, and electronic communications than adults. They are often less experienced drivers and may be less mature, even engaging in horseplay with friends in the car!
If you or someone close to you suffered a serious injury, or if you lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you should hire an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney with a proven track record as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to investigate and analyze the circumstances surrounding the crash, determine which parties to the accident are potentially liable, and when needed, bring on board various experts, such as traffic safety engineers and accident reconstruction specialists to support your case with expert testimony.
Any time you are involved in an auto accident, your first concern should be getting the medical care you need. If you are able, call the local law enforcement agency to report the accident and exchange insurance information with the other driver. Don’t discuss the cause of the accident or who was at fault with anyone, especially the insurance adjuster for the at-fault driver. Hire a top-rated personal injury attorney by calling the Atlanta law firm of Butler, Wooten, and Peak as soon after the accident as possible, and refer all insurance company personnel to your lawyer.
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