As cell phone use rose in the late 90s, auto accidents from distracted driving rose as well.
Most adults know that texting while driving can be fatal, though that understanding does not always translate into responsible action. And since even adults cannot be trusted to act safely, the legislative bodies of 48 states has taken action to ban cell phone use to some extent.
Only 19 states ban hand held device usage, though. Georgia is one of them.
Distracted by More Than Cell Phone Use
The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that more than 3100 people were killed by distracted driving in 2017. Though that number is mostly accounted for by cell phone usage, part of it is also other distractions: eating, drinking, adjusting the radio, or even talking to other people in the car.
The time after an accident can be confusing and frightening. Your first priority should always be to your safety and the safety of anyone else involved. If you can remember to, listen to what the other driver says in the aftermath. If they mention anything that sounds like their attention was on something else, you may have a case.
Your Legal Team in Atlanta
If you’ve been in an auto accident and you suspect distracted driving was to blame, contact Race Law Firm of Atlanta. Our years of experience in auto accident investigation and litigation give our team the edge you need to get a fair settlement or judgement! Call today to schedule a free assessment of your claim!
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