April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and there is no question that distracted driving is a dangerous problem. According to the National Highway Traffic System Administration, over 5,000 deaths and over half a million injuries in 2009 were caused by distracted driving. As a Georgia personal injury attorney, I see more and more cases where an accident was caused due to the at-fault driver talking or texting on a cell phone.
The issue of texting while driving is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Studies have shown that texting while driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. In fact, a recent study from the University of Utah showed that using a cell phone while driving is so distracting, is is comparable to a person driving with a blood alcohol level of .08. This is the legal limit in Georgia and most other states.
Due to the dangers of texting and driving, many states have made the practice illegal. In Georgia, texting while driving is completely prohibited. It is also illegal for drivers under the age of 18 to use a cell phone at all while driving.
Need help putting down the phone while you’re in the car? Now there are applications you can download to your smart phone which will prevent you from being able to receive, type or send text messages when the car is in use. Your vehicle’s position is tracked using GPS satellites, and if the car is moving, your ability to text is disabled.
One thing it’s important to remember when it comes to preventing distracted driving is that texting is not the only way drivers are distracted. When people think of distracted driving, they usually think of cell phone use in the car. However, adjusting the radio or other controls, trying to read a map or use a GPS, eating, and even talking to other passengers in the car are all things that take your attention off of the road.
It’s important to remember that while you are in control of a vehicle, it’s your responsibility to drive safely. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by loud music or passengers. If you need to use your cell phone, pull over to do so. You may feel like you’re saving some time by multitasking while driving, but it is not worth it if you are endangering the lives of yourself and others.
If you or a family member has been injured by a distracted driver, give Ty a call for a free evaluation of your claim at 1-866-937-5454. Also, visit tywilsonlaw.com for free information about Georgia Car Wreck claims and download or order your FREE book, 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.