Texting While Driving Accident
Texting while driving is a one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. During the few seconds a driver in the Atlanta metro area takes to write or read a text message, their car covers about 100 yards with no one watching the road. Texting drivers cause accidents that injure and kill others.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says all distracted driving endangers the safety of car drivers and passengers as well as pedestrians. But, text messaging is the most alarming type of distraction because it requires the visual, manual, and cognitive attention of the driver, the NHTSA says.
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 Millar & Mixon, LLC stand up for those who have been injured in Georgia car crashes caused by negligent and reckless behavior. Our goal is to make sure they get the compensation they deserve.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, contact the Atlanta car accident attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC today at 404-620-4301 or through our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Texting While Driving and Georgia Car Accidents
Texting while driving 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:
- As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. every month.
- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.
- Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 5 seconds, the equivalent — at 55 mph — of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.
- Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
- 25 percent of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
- Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
Georgia lawmakers recognize the dangers of distracted driving and texting while driving. Current law includes these prohibitions:
- Text messaging while driving is illegal for all drivers.
- Drivers under 18 years old may not use cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.
- School bus drivers may not use a cell phone while driving.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported in October 2012 that, two years after a ban on texting while driving in Georgia took effect, few people had been convicted of texting while driving. Law enforcement officers said 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 an Atlanta Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia car accident caused by a driver texting behind the wheel or another form of distracted driving, the experienced Atlanta driving accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you. You may be entitled to receive money for medical expenses, property damage, lost income and your pain and suffering.
Georgia law says the party that causes a car accident has to 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.
Insurance companies may be reluctant to pay claims for severe injuries suffered in a car accident caused by texting while driving. In such cases, an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney from Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve. We can negotiate with the insurance company or pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Contact us now at 404-620-4301 or through our online contact form for a free consultation.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Distraction.gov – Facts and Statistics
- Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association – Distracted Driving