Dangers of Texting While Driving
Marietta Car Accident Attorney
We live in a world where everyone wants to be connected at all times. Widespread
adoption of smartphones, smart watches and smart cars with Wi-Fi have
turned our society into a selfie-taking, Twitter-updating, Facebook-reacting
generation. But studies have shown our addiction to always being constantly
connected is leading to thousands of distracted driving accidents annually.
Today, 1 in 4 motor vehicle crashes involve a cellphone and nearly 9 people
lose their lives every day due to accidents involving distracted driving.
Georgia’s Laws Regarding Texting While Driving
Many states, including Georgia, have passed legislation banning the use
of hand-held cell phones for drivers. Georgia also bans drivers from texting
while driving using a cell phone, computer or any other wireless device.
Offenders are subject to a $150 fine and a point against their driving
record should law enforcement catch them texting while driving. Georgia’s
cell phone and texting ban are considered
What is a primary law?
A primary law is a law that allows an officer to stop a motorist for the
offense without having to witness another violation. Under primary laws,
an officer can stop and ticket you if they saw you texting or using a
handheld cell phone. Under secondary laws, an officer can only stop you
for texting while driving if they witness you committing another violation,
like running a red light.
Teens and Texting While Driving
Teen drivers are one of the most at-risk demographic for accidents caused
by distracted driving. According to the Institute for Highway Safety,
11 teens die every day due to distracted driving accidents. Despite overwhelming
statistics highlighting the dangers of texting while driving, many teens
justify their texting while driving habits by increasing following distance
between cars, or only texting at a stop sign or red light.
Were You Hit By a Distracted Driver?
Although cellphone use while driving has been proven to be extremely dangerous,
drivers continue to use them. According to a survey, Georgia has the third-highest
rate of drivers who text while driving. Another survey revealed that 35%
of Georgia drivers admit to using their cell phones every day while driving.
If you were hit by a distracted driver, you should contact an experienced
Marietta personal injury attorney for more information on how you could
get compensated for your injuries. At Kalka & Baer LLC, we have recovered
millions for victims of car accidents. Our skilled personal injury attorneys
can help you prove your accident was caused by a negligent driver.
In order to sue for damages, you must provide evidence of negligence. Negligence
occurs when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care toward others on
the road. Cell phone use while driving has proven to be distracting to
drivers. When drivers are distracted, whether by a phone call or by a
text, they are failing to exercise reasonable care on the road.
Careless driving includes:
- Looking down to read a text message
- Driving with one hand on the wheel and the other holding a cell phone
- Viewing a video or changing the music from your cell phone
- Getting distracted by a phone conversation
Our Marietta Accident Firm Can Help You Obtain Compensation!
If you were injured by a negligent driver, our experienced Marietta personal
injury lawyers can help you today. At Kalka & Baer LLC, we strive
to provide our clients with top-notch legal services. Both our attorneys
are rated 10.0 Superb on Avvo® and both are included in the list of
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You make think you cannot afford a lawyer but…
Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means
we won’t charge you unless you win! We believe justice should be
available to all, which is why we do not charge any fees unless your case
is won. If you are living with daunting medical bills, life-altering injuries,
or loss of pay as a result of an accident caused by a driver who was texting
while driving, our attorneys can help ensure you and your family’s
rights are protected.
Get the compensation you need to move forward.
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