Most people know the inherent dangers of texting and driving, but that doesn’t stop motorists from using the phone on the road. If you or a loved one suffered harm at the hands of a distracted or texting driver, contact the Atlanta car accident lawyers at ChancoSchiffer P.C. today. Unlike larger corporate firms, we will treat your case with the personal care and attention it deserves. Schedule a free initial consultation with us.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving accidents contributed to 3,450 deaths in 2016. Like many other states, Georgia has a texting and driving law that makes it illegal to send or read texts while driving. It’s an expansion of Title 40, Chapter 6, Article 11 of the Georgia Code, which makes it illegal to participate in any distracting activity that detracts from the safe operation of a motor vehicle.
A person can receive a ticket for texting and driving if he or she uses a mobile device for writing, sending, or reading a text. In other words, the law may apply to more than just texting – it may apply to reading your emails or checking your social media networks, as well.
It’s not difficult to see why many states have a ban on texting and driving – according to the NHSTA, the act of reading a text takes an average of 5 seconds. If traveling at speeds of 55 miles per hour, this means you could drive the length of a football field without looking at the road.
The fine for texting and driving is $150 and a point on your driver’s license. It also establishes negligence in the event of an accident.
Motorists have a duty of care to others on the road. When they violate this duty, they may be liable for any damages that result. Since texting and driving is illegal in Georgia, using a mobile device while driving may be a violation of a motorist’s duty of care. If someone was texting and driving during an accident, it’s highly like that he or she will be at-fault for a motor vehicle accident.
Proving a driver was texting at the time of an accident can be difficult if there were no eyewitnesses at the time of the accident. At ChancoSchiffer P.C. we can help establish negligence by requesting a subpoena for phone records and proving a driver was using a phone at the time of the crash. We also examine forensic evidence like skid marks to look for evasive maneuvers or corrective actions to prevent a crash.
Drivers who text behind the wheel present a danger to themselves and others. If you sustained injuries in an accident involving a texting or distracted driver, contact us to schedule a review of your legal options. The attorneys at ChancoSchiffer P.C. have the experience necessary to demand fair compensation for the harm you suffered. Since we’re a community law firm, you have the comfort of knowing you’ll be working with an experienced attorney, not a nameless corporate associate.