Texting While Driving Accidents
Texting while driving distracts a motor vehicle driver’s attention from the road for a few brief but critical seconds. Many motorists, however, fail to fully appreciate the dangers presented by texting while driving. Some of the statistics regarding texting while driving are sobering. For example, 9 Americans are killed every day from motor vehicle accidents that involve distracted driving, which is often caused by a motorist using a cell phone while driving. Another alarming statistic is that there a 1 in 4 probability that a motor vehicle crash involved a cell phone.
Even as the epidemic of texting while driving increases, there are laws including the Caleb Sorohan Act in the state of Georgia that strictly prohibit texting while driving. In fact there are three primary laws about texting while driving of which motorists must be aware: texting while driving is considered illegal by the state of Georgia for all drivers, drivers under the age of eighteen are strictly prohibited from using cellular phones while operating motor vehicles, and school bus drivers may not use cellular phones while driving. Although some sources suggest that the laws concerning texting while driving in Georgia must be revised to be even stricter.Ways That Texting can Impair Drivers
Many drivers think that the dangers presented of texting while driving do not apply to them. These motorists often fail to understand exactly how texting while driving can cause lead to accidents. Some of the impairments that might occur when a motorist texts while driving include the following situations that can lead to motor vehicle accidents:
- Disrupting the flow of traffic, which can cause a variety of motor vehicle accidents.
- Driving through red lights, which can result in motor vehicle collisions.
- Driving too closely behind other vehicles on the road, which frequently leads to rear-end collisions.
- Failing to notice pedestrians walking at intersection or crosswalks, which can result in motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians who are struck on the road.
- Missing stop signs or failing to yield at appropriate times, which greatly increases the chances that a motor vehicle collision will occur.
Driving a motor vehicle must be done in such a way as to limit the risks of automobile accidents occurring as much as possible. When motorists text while driving, however, there is an increase in the likelihood of several types of dangerous situations of occurring.Injuries That Can Arise From Texting While Driving
The types of injuries that can arise from texting while driving accidents can include everything from uncomplicated to substantial injuries and sometimes even include death and disability.
Some of the most common types of injuries that arise from texting while driving accidents include the following:
- Chest injuries.
- Cuts and lacerations.
- Fractured bones.
- Head injuries.
- Neck injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
Many individuals believe that accidents are the only consequence of texting while driving. There are several other consequences of texting while driving of which motorists must be aware. These events include the following:
- Penalties. Insurance companies have access to driver records and can raise the insurance rates of at-risk texting drivers significantly.
- Points. Texting while driving can result in points incurred on drivers license as well. Drivers who accumulate too many points on a driver’s license can face revocation of a driver’s license.
- Punishments. Individuals who are involved in substantial accidents involving texting while driving can even face jail time.
- Tickets. Motor vehicle operators who texting while driving can face tickets with accompanying fines.
Even though texting while driving is dangerous, it can be difficult to avoid texting while driving because the activity can become addictive. Motorists are suggested to use the following techniques to avoid texting while driving and prevent this dangerous activity.
- Mobile Applications. There are some cell phones apps that can be used by motorists to aid in stopping cell phone activity while driving. These programs can come quite in hand for motorists who have a hard time putting down cell phones while driving.
- Prevention. Drivers should avoid receiving texts while driving to make sure that there is no urge to quickly respond to these messages. Drivers can silence the cell phone, turn the cell phone off, or place the cell phone somewhere in the automobile that is not easily reachable to resist the urge to texting while driving.
- Put Conversations On Pause. Individuals are suggested to let know others that the individual will be driving and unavailable on a cell phone.
- Understand An Example Is Being Set. Motorists with younger children must understand that texting while driving displays poor behavior that is likely to be emulated by younger drivers. As a result, drivers should refuse to text while driving.
Talented legal counsel can help individuals who were involved in texting while driving accidents in several ways, which include the following:
- Collecting evidence to establish that the texting driver was liable for the accident.
- Examining any damage that might have have been caused by the accident.
- Handling a client’s case with the other driver’s insurance company to ensure that a favorable outcome is reached.
- Obtaining reports written by law enforcement about the accident.
- Performing thorough investigations of exactly how the accident occurred.
- Preparing to litigate the accident in a court of law if the situation so requires.
If you or a loved one were involved in a texting while driving accident, you need the effect and experienced counsel of an automobile accident attorney. A skilled lawyer at the The Angell Law Firm, LLC can help obtain various types of compensation for loss wages, medical bills, property bills, and rehabilitation. Contact us today at (770) 217-4954 to obtain a free case consultation. If you are unable to visit our firm’s Atlanta location, we make house and hospital calls to the surrounding areas in addition to maintaining virtual offices in many Georgia locations. Texting while driving accidents can seem like substantial obstacles but our firm can begin helping you start on the road to recovery today.