Texting Behind the Wheel

Texting Behind the Wheel in Georgia

Everyday some new innovation comes along making our lives a bit more convenient. That is especially true when it comes to communications. There are so many ways to stay in touch- social media, email, text, cell phone calls, and more. However, every coin has two sides, and with each technological advance comes new hazards. It would be a challenge to find a better illustration of this than when texting and driving are combined.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving related to cellular phone is an epidemic problem. States from coast to coast have considered or adopted laws banning talking and texting by adults and teens. Georgia is no exception.

There is good cause to support the movement combating this problem. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration calculated the number of fatalities due to distracted driving at over 5,400 annually.

A study done in 2003 compared the driving abilities of those who were operating a cell phone to those with a blood alcohol content of .08%. The study, conducted in a controlled environment, concluded that drivers who were on their phones are less capable behind the wheel than drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.

Another interesting experiment regarding texting and driving was done on a closed course by editors of Car and Driver magazine. The results, titled "Texting and Driving Worse Than Drinking and Driving, are alarming. The test concluded that being over the legal limit of %.08 BAC added an extra 4 feet to stop the car after travelling at a rate of 70 miles per hour. When the driver was reading an email or texting, that stopping distance was increased to 36 and 70 feet respectfully.

Significant damage can be done, and has been done, in 70 feet. Courts across the country have begun to take collisions caused by texting and driving seriously up to and including criminal convictions. This is on top of civil lawsuits filed by those hurt in texting accidents.

While Texting in Georgia

Two laws went into effect in Georgia to stem the danger of distracted driving. As of July 2010, it is illegal to text while driving, and any cell phone use of any kind is prohibited by teenage drivers.

According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety "[i]t doesn’t take a highway safety scientist to predict that cell phone use is the most common driving distraction of emerging 21st century technology." The Georgia government expresses concern over the prevalence of taking eyes of the road to send a text. The Office of Highway Safety notes that "Georgia has the third-highest rate in the nation for drivers who text on cell phones while behind the wheel." They go on to cite that "[t]hirty-seven percent of the drivers in [a] Georgia survey admitted they actually text while driving."

It is unacceptable to text while driving. All those who do so and cause harm to others are obligated to provide compensation for the consequences of their actions.

Contact a Georgia Distracted Driving Lawyer

If a driver was distracted and caused you or someone you care about harm contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation. We have years of experience helping families in the aftermath of car accidents throughout Georgia, including those where distraction is involved. Timing is important in these matters, so please act quickly to secure proper representation.