This summer will mark two years since the Hands-Free Georgia Act became law. The law, which bans drivers from using their hands to operate their smartphone or any similar device, joined the trend of state lawmakers combating the huge public safety hazard of distracted driving.
Since then, while the hands-free law has likely had an impact on the rate of serious auto accidents here in Georgia, distracted driving remains an all-too-common habit here and nationwide. In fact, surveys suggest that at least 32% of drivers admit writing text messages and emails behind the wheel, and 40% said they used their phone to read messages while driving.
The numbers are not promising
The figures came from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It also found that most people surveyed — 52% — said they had talked on a handheld phone while driving at least once in the previous 30 days. As with any voluntary survey about illegal behavior, it is possible that more people are engaging in distracted driving than they would admit.
By now, most people know that using their smartphone while driving reduces awareness of their surroundings and reaction times. While many of us put our phones away while we driver, others give into temptation. Maybe they think that they alone are capable of driving safely while distracted. Maybe they think their emails and text messages are worth the risk of serious injury to others around them. Maybe they just don’t care about your safety.
Establishing personal injury liability in Macon
Generally, the reasons that a driver has to drive negligently are not important. What matters is the connection between that negligence and your auto accident injuries. By showing this connection, you can recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other harms you have experienced.
This is a complicated process, but an experienced personal injury attorney can break down the process for you step by step and help you weigh your options.