Texting While Driving Can Have Fatal Consequences
Distracted driving lawyer Kathy McArthur and the Georgia personal injury attorneys at McArthur Law Firm understand that every driver on the road has a duty to drive safely and prudently. When people are texting while driving, they run a risk of needlessly injuring or killing innocent motorists and pedestrians. Texting while driving is currently against the law in Georgia. However, unfortunately, it continues to be a common practice on our roadways.
When choosing a lawyer, investigate which attorney has experience and a proven track record of gaining maximum compensation in accident claims. In 2013, McArthur Law Firm recovered $15 million for the family of a young man who was needlessly killed in a Georgia car wreck. The verdict was not only the number one Georgia car crash verdict that year. It was also a top five verdict for all types of cases in Georgia in 2013.
What are Georgia Distracted Driving Laws? Texting While Driving and Other Driving Distractions are Major Threats
Distracted driving and texting while driving – or any activity that could divert the driver’s attention away from the road – is a major safety threat in Georgia and throughout the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in the U.S., distracted driving kills more than 9 people and injures nearly 1,200 people.
Cellphones and smartphones have quickly become the most common distraction associated with car accidents. Instead of watching the road, drivers are making calls and sending text messages. According to texting while driving accident statistics released by Distraction.gov, the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting is five seconds. Considering that statistic, if a driver writes or reads a text when driving a car 55 mph, his or her eyes would be off the road for enough time to drive the length of a football field.
Georgia distracted driving law bans texting and driving for drivers of all ages. Unfortunately, this has not deterred many from texting. Perhaps a driver tries to deny that he/she was using a cellphone at the time of the car crash. However, a texting while driving accident attorney can subpoena and gather cellphone records. This will then show when the driver sent and received calls and texts.
Does the Prosecutor Represent Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents?
If you were a victim of a texting while driving accident, then the driver who caused the crash may have gotten a traffic ticket or citation by the police. This means there is a criminal charge pending, which may result in fines or jail time for the driver.
Car wreck victims must understand that the state prosecuting attorney does not represent them for personal injury claims. Additionally, the prosecuting attorney cannot secure money damages from their losses. Only a car wreck attorney can do this. Victims do not have to wait for criminal charges to conclude before contacting a personal injury lawyer. Even if the distracted driver did not face charges or a traffic citation, victims can still personal injury damages.
Contact Our Distracted Driving Lawyer for a Free Consultation in Statewide and Nationwide Accident Claims
To schedule a free initial consultation with a Macon distracted driving lawyer to discuss your situation, call 478-238-1150. We not only handle local Macon and Atlanta distracted driving accident claims, but statewide as well. Our distracted driving lawyer can assist those hurt in Albany Savannah and Columbus in addition to Atlanta, Augusta and all the Georgia cities in between.
If you are outside of Georgia, then call our law firm at (478) 238-6600 for a free consultation. We can discuss nationwide accident representation.