If another driver has been distracted, and as a result, caused a car accident in which you were injured, then you will have the right to recover from that driver compensation for the damages.
In a 2009 study by the United States Department of Transportation, 5,474 people were killed and another 448,000 people were injured due to wrecks involving distracted driving. In another study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that nearly 80% of car wrecks were caused by distractions that occurred within three second preceding the accident.
Obviously, driver capabilities are exponentially reduced or hindered while the driver is distracted. Distracted driving keeps the driver’s mind off of what is ahead, and even where the driver is aware of a hazard, distracted driving seriously slows reaction time.
Distracted driving takes many forms, including texting while driving, surfing the internet or viewing emails while driving, headphone usage, eating, applying make-up, drinking, and adjusting console controls like radio stations and volume.
Sadly, in 2008, Georgia had the third-highest rate of any other state for distracted driving. As a consequence, the Georgia Legislature enacted statutes making distracted driving illegal. It is illegal for any driver to text, and for any driver 18 years old or younger to use a cellular device while operating a car on a Georgia roadway.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car wreck, and the other person was a distracted driver, then please, feel free to call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation.