Distracted driving is one of the most common driver mistakes in Georgia. Texting while driving can cause serious and deadly motor vehicle collisions. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a suspected distracted driver in Augusta, contact the accident attorneys at Nicholson Revell LLP for a free consultation.
Although no law in Georgia requires you to hire an attorney for representation during a car accident claim, doing so can be of significant help to you and your family. Your attorney will understand the civil laws related to your case and how to navigate them to your greatest possible advantage during the legal process.
For example, your lawyer will negotiate with an insurance company for a reasonable settlement on your behalf. Your lawyer can fight for an award that adequately covers your injuries and related bills. During negotiations, your lawyer can also connect you to top doctors in Augusta to help you recover physically and emotionally.
Even the smallest distraction can cause a life-changing auto accident. When someone chooses to use a cell phone while driving, however, it is a significant distraction. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, looking at a cell phone for just five seconds while driving 55 miles per hour is the same as driving across a football field with your eyes closed.
In 2018 alone, distracted drivers took 2,841 lives in fatal traffic accidents. A large number of these drivers were distracted by cell phones: texts, phone calls, videos, pictures, social media, or emails. Texting while driving is so dangerous because it distracts a driver in all three possible ways:
Using a cell phone requires a driver’s eyes to read the message, hands to type, and brain to think. Cell phone use while driving leads to inattention, delayed response times, the inability to react quickly to changing roadway situations and related accidents. For example, a driver looking down at a phone may fail to notice a stopped vehicle or crossing pedestrian and cause an accident.
It is not only careless to drive while distracted by a cell phone; in Georgia, it is against the law. Georgia’s cell phone law makes it illegal to drive with a cell phone in hand. Regardless of whether the driver is using the phone to text or make a phone call, he or she can receive a citation if any part of the driver’s body is being used to support the device. You can use a traffic citation against the other driver as proof that he or she caused your accident by driving distracted.
To qualify for financial compensation after a distracted driving accident, you may have to prove the other driver was using his or her cell phone while driving. A lawyer from Nicholson Revell LLP can help you gather evidence such as cell phone records and crash reports to use during your claim. We can negotiate for maximum compensation on your behalf. Contact us today for more information about how we can help.