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The Many Forms of Distracted Driving

All of us have glanced into the window of a car passing by only to observe the driver holding a phone in one hand while attempting to drive their vehicle. This is one form of multi-tasking that the law specifically prohibits. O.C.G.A §40-6-241 makes it illegal to hold a cell phone or other wireless telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle. The statute encourages the use of Bluetooth devices such as earpieces or vehicle systems to communicate while driving. A violation of this statute can expose an individual to fines and negative treatment on their driving history.

A recent CNN article by Kelly Wallace looked at texting and other ways that drivers can create hazardous road conditions by diverting their attention from the road. A total of 46 states have enacted laws prohibiting drivers from texting. However, cell phones are able to do a lot more than text. Drivers are now operating their vehicles on roadways and attempting to use cell phone applications such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Unbelievable fact patterns happen every day in the legal field. The article mentions an incident where a driver actually crashed into a police vehicle while playing a videogame on his cell phone. Another unfortunate incident involved a teenager that ran into a power pole while using a social media application. National surveys show that examples of drivers distracted by their cell phones have steadily increased. In fact, nearly 70 percent of teenage drivers indicated that they use cell phone applications while driving or operating a motor vehicle.

It is estimated that around 8 people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes due to distracted driving. The reports from the accident summaries show an endless display of distracted driving examples, such as talking on the cellphone, texting, using social media apps and eating. An even more troubling thought is that it is believed that the actual number of accidents, injuries and fatalities due to distracted driving is much higher due to under reporting.

There are too many examples of the consequences negligent drivers inflict on our roadways. In many ways, the impairment a driver experiences from distracted driving has been compared to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is mainly due to the slow reaction time caused by the driver’s full attention being diverted from the roadway. The truth is that accidents that involve distracted driving tend to involve significant injuries due to the distracted driver’s late reaction, such as stopping, and inability to reduce speed at the time of the collision. Higher rates of speed due to the inability to brake in a timely manner increases the hazard in the event of a collision. The Faucette Law Firm, LLC specializes in automobile accident cases. We guide clients through the legal process and fight to ensure that they receive all of the compensation they deserve. We serve Atlanta, Fulton, Douglas, Cobb, DeKalb, Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Gwinnett, Carrollton, Villa Rica and Coweta. Contact our office today for a consultation.