Texting While Driving Accident Cases in Georgia
A texting driver covers about 100 yards with no one watching the road. This is dangerous and reckless. Don’t let them get away with it. Act now and protect the evidence you need.
When texting drivers cause accidents that injure and kill others they often deny cell phone use and texting. Our experienced team can discover the truth.
How do I prove that the driver that hit me was texting?
- Subpoena the driver’s cell phone records
- Use the call and data log to prove that the driver was using the phone
- Discover all cell phones in the driver’s household and get the records and bills
Why is texting while operating a motor vehicle so dangerous?
According to the NHTSA is the most alarming type of distraction because it requires the visual, manual, and cognitive attention of the driver, the NHTSA says. A car or truck traveling at highway speeds can be covering nearly 100 feet per second. This means that a car or tuck being driven texting driver is like an unguided missile hurtling down the road.
A texting driver should be held responsible for any injuries and losses other drivers or passengers suffer because of their decisions. The Atlanta texting while driving accident lawyers at the Millar Law Firm stand up for those who have been injured in Georgia car crashes caused by negligent drivers. Our goal is to make sure reckless drivers pay and you get the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, contact the legal team at the Millar Law Firm today at 770-400-0000 or through our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Georgia Car Accidents Caused by Texting While Driving
Driving and texting involves writing, sending, receiving or reading a text message via a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while operating a motor vehicle. It is arguably the most dangerous form of distracted driving that is widely engaged in today.
Texting tops the NHTSA’s list of dangerous driver distractions, because of the visual, manual, and cognitive attention it requires. Distraction.gov offers these texting-while-driving statistics:
- Back in December 2012 nearly two hundred billion text messages were sent monthly; that number is much higher today.
- At just about any moment, approximately 660,000 U.S. drivers are on their cell phones or using an electronic gadget and driving.
- Sending or reading a message takes an average of 5 seconds – time that a driver’s eyes are off the road. This is equal to the length of a 300 yard football field, driving blind.
- The risk of a crash increases by 23 times while a driver is texting.
- More than 25 % of teens admitted they respond to one or more texts each time they drive – the actual numbers are probably much higher.
- Over 20% percent of teens and 10 % of moms and dads regularly have back and forth texting sessions while driving.
- Young drivers (in their 20s and younger) account for approximately 27% of fatal crashes from distracted driving.
Georgia lawmakers recognize how dangerous texting while driving is. Current law includes these prohibitions:
- Text messaging while driving is illegal for all drivers.
- Drivers under 18 years old are banned from using cell phones in any way while driving.
- It is illegal for drivers of School buses, except in an emergency, to use a mobile telephone while operating their bus.
Unfortunately, the Atlanta Journal has reported that as of October 2012 , two years after the Georgia law banning texting behind the wheel became effective, very few people had been convicted. Law enforcement officials say the law is difficult to enforce because they have to determine that someone was texting at the wheel, and not merely dialing a number or talking on a cell phone.
Though it may be difficult to make an arrest for texting behind the wheel, cell phone records subpoenaed for a crash investigation would show the timing of a text being sent or received and whether it coincided with the moment a car accident happened.
Get Help from Our Texting While Driving Accident Lawyers Today
If you believe your accident was caused by a texting driver, our experienced legal team can help you. Don’t let the money you deserve get away.
Georgia law says the party that causes a car accident must bear the costs that arise from the crash. This includes payments for medical expenses, property damage and lost income of those injured, as well as damages for pain and suffering. In fatalities, it may include wrongful death damages to the deceased’s survivors.
Contact us now at 770-400-0000 or through our online contact form for a free consultation.
Legal Resources Regarding Texting and Driving:
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Distraction.gov – Facts and Statistics
- Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association – Distracted Driving