Driving while distracted is dangerous. Distracted driving takes many forms. It can include talking on a smartphone or a cellphone. It can also include reading while driving, personal grooming, adjusting the radio station, and anything else that takes the driver’s eyes off the road. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control confirm that eight people die daily due to distracted driving and over 1,000 people suffer an injury due to distracted divers each day.
Many states have enacted tough laws against any type of distracted driving. Georgia’s laws are less strict than other states when it comes to bans against distracted driving. Drivers in Georgia can be charged with a traffic law violation such as reckless driving or running a red light, both of which can be caused by distracted driving. Georgia’s distracted driving laws prohibit texting while driving, novice use of cellphones, and the use cellphones by bus drivers. Violators of the distracted driver laws, enacted in 2010, may have to pay a monetary fine and may have a point assessed against their driving record.
Georgia’s distracted driving laws are considered primary violation rules. This means a police officer can require that a driver stop the vehicle if the officer reasonably suspects the law was violated. The officer does not have to observe a traffic violation such as speeding in order to stop the vehicle.
A Complete Ban on Texting While Driving
It is illegal to text and drive. Texting includes using the Internet, using email, and text messaging. It includes reading data as well as typing or writing data. Texting is dangerous because it causes a driver to take his/her eyes off the road, it shifts the driver’s concentration away from the roadway, and because the driver’s hands are removed from the steering wheel. Drivers should be paying attention at all times and should be physically ready to steer their vehicle out of danger. There are some exceptions such as calling for help if an accident occurs.
Novice Drivers Cannot Use Cellphones While Driving
Most drivers can talk on their cellphone or smartphone while driving in Georgia. Young drivers, divers under 18 years of age, are not allowed to use a cellphone while driving even if the cellphone is a hands-free device. The law was enacted because young drivers are much more likely to talk on their phones and have much less experience than older drivers.
School Bus Drivers Must Obey Georgia Cellphone Laws
School bus drivers must also refrain from speaking on a cellphone or listening to a cellphone while driving. The safety of the children on the bus is just too important.
How a Georgia Vehicle Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or someone you care about was involved in a vehicle accident because another driver was distracted, you may be entitled to bring a lawsuit against that person and his insurance company. Some of the damages you can recover for include pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. Proving that a driver was inexcusably distracted can establish the driver was negligent and should be held liable for the injuries that negligence caused. Call us at (404) JUSTICE to schedule a free discussion about how the accident happened and the rights of anyone who was injured.