All it takes is a moment of distraction for a crash to occur, and the few seconds a driver takes their eyes off the road to respond to a text might be all they need to avert a potential disaster. Given the prevalence of distractions arising from cell phone use by drivers, several states have banned texting while driving, Georgia included.
Under Georgia’s laws, every driver is required to exercise due care when operating a motor vehicle and avoid any distractions – and a cellular phone can be a massive distraction to anybody. Using one can be a combo of a visual, physical and cognitive distraction when your mind should be on the road.
While the use of hands-free technology is not outlawed when talking on the phone, any form of text messaging, video watching, internet searching and so on is against the law. It means that as a driver, you are not allowed to write, send or read text-based communication whenever you are driving.
Did a distracted driver injure you?
You’re a responsible driver, and you know better than to use your cellular phone and drive – but there are scofflaws everywhere. They may text, talk, look up directions, make phone calls and play Pokemon Go behind the wheel.
If a driver distracted by their phone caused an accident where you sustained injuries or damage to property, you need to take action and safeguard your legal rights. Remember, drivers owe other road users a duty of care, and texting while driving is considered negligent behavior. Therefore, the driver at fault ought to compensate you for the damages they caused. Witness testimony, accident reconstructions, or cell phone records may help you prove your claims and ensure you get the compensation you deserve.