Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers
Driving a car is a big responsibility. Our safety, as well as the safety of our passengers, fellow motorists, and nearby pedestrians, depends on us making cautious and conscientious decisions behind the wheel. Unfortunately, many drivers take that responsibility for granted. As technology continues to advance, more and more people are focused on their devices instead of the road. Distracted driving is a growing problem throughout the country and Georgia is no exception. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact a personal injury Attorney to discuss your case.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 9 people die every day in accidents involving a distracted driver. In addition, more than a thousand people are injured in distracted driving crashes each day. The CDC lists three main types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive. Technology has the deadly capacity to distract drivers in all three ways. A texting driver can take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and their mind off of the task at hand in order to compose or read a text message. Driving carefully requires us to be constantly vigilant and able to react to unexpected changes in road or traffic conditions. A quick look at a text message can mean the difference between a timely evasive maneuver and a serious accident. Other devices like navigation systems can also take our minds and eyes off the road. What starts as a couple of quick seconds to respond to a text message or punching an address on our GPS can end in tragedy. In 2012, over 3,000 people died in car accidents involving distracted drivers.
Do your part to keep Atlanta roads safer by minimizing distractions whenever you’re behind the wheel. Be committed to not taking phone calls, reading or responding to text messages, or otherwise playing with your devices while you’re on the road.
If you have to use technology, find a safe spot to pull over and out of harm’s way. Remember, in addition to being dangerous, texting while driving is illegal in Georgia. To help keep technology out of the way while you’re driving, set your phone to silent so you won’t be tempted to pick it up. If you know someone is behind the wheel, don’t call or text them. If you get a text message from someone you know is driving, don’t respond and engage in a texting conversation with them until they are safely off the road.
If you’ve been injured in a collision caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced Georgia accident Attorney to discuss your case. We are dedicated to getting our clients the compensation they deserve. You don’t have to travel the long and hard road of civil litigation by yourself, call us today to start building your case.