Texting on your cell phone in any manner while your vehicle is in motion can be considered breaking the law. It is becoming a big deal in a lot of the cases that the attorneys at McArthur law firm deal with. Attorney Laura Hinson explains what details she looks for when she is dealing with cases that deal with people texting while driving. Even being on your phone in other forms can be a form of distracted driving, it’s important to know the laws when it comes to driver safety.
In Georgia as of July 1st, 2010 the legislature passed a law that prohibits texting across the board for everybody. And it’s really utilizing a cellular device in any way that would, to give an example it’s texting, it’s reading, it’s putting in information in a navigation system while your vehicle is moving. Every driver is prohibited, it is against the law, and it is becoming a huge deal in cases that we are seeing. It’s one of the first things that we ask for, it’s one of the first questions that we want to know an answer to in a deposition. And we also want to know that for our client it’s just very important information, your cell phone records are discoverable in a case involving a car wreck. And it’s against the law also for you to use your cell phone in a way that is, causes you to drive in a distracted manner which is kind of a vague category of that particular statute. But an example, I think would be to be talking on the phone in an excited or overly emotional way. If you’re talking to a friend who has good news or bad, you are distracted mentally from driving your vehicle in a safe way. And if you’re under the age of 18 you can’t use a phone at all, you can’t pick up the phone to call someone, you can’t take a call, and you certainly can’t text anyone because no one can. For a free consultation with a lawyer please call 1-888-WE-FIGHT.