Are Distracted Driving Truck Accidents In Georgia Increasing With Cell Phone Usage?
Unfortunately, distracted driving is a problem no matter where you go. And in Georgia, as with any other state, the number of truck accidents related to distracted driving due to cell phone usage is increasing.
As of July 2018, Georgia lawmakers made it illegal to use a cellphone while driving, unless you are using a hands-free device like Bluetooth. Their intent was to hopefully reduce the number distracted driving accidents by making the penalties more severe.
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There is nothing more infuriating than an accident that occurs as the result of the other driver paying more attention to his cell phone than the road. The next thing you know, your car is damaged and you end up in the hospital with injuries you never should have suffered.
Do not face those mounting bills alone. Fill out the form to the right, or call us at (855) 329-7144 to speak with one of experienced personal injury lawyers. You will receive a free consultation with no obligation to retain. Remember, you must file a lawsuit quickly after an accident, or you risk losing everything for not being timely.
Understanding Distracted Driving
The term “distracted driving” refers to anything a person could be doing behind the wheel that distracts him or her from paying attention to the road. While using a cellphone is perhaps the most well-known of distracted driving behaviors, the term can also be used to refer to doing any of the following behind the wheel:
- Eating and drinking
- Putting on makeup
- Talking to other people in the car
- Trying to operate your stereo or GPS
Texting is perhaps the worst offender. When you send a short text, your eyes are off the road for five full seconds. That does not seem like a lot, but if you are traveling at a rate of 55 mph — and many folks who text and drive are going much faster — you can drive the full length of a football field in that time.
And remember, the faster you go, the more time you need to stop — and if you’re not paying attention, your odds of stopping in time are significantly lower. There are, however, situations in which someone who is charged with distracted driving may have a valid reason for being distracted. An experienced car accident lawyer in Georgia from our firm can help you review your case and determine the appropriate defense.
Penalties For Distracted Truck Driving In Georgia
A truck driver who is caught driving distracted in the state of Georgia faces a fine of up to $2,750 for his first offense. Repeated offenses may lead to a loss of the driver’s license. Trucking companies that are okay with their drivers ignoring Georgia’s ban on using a cellphone while driving risk a steep fine of up to $11,000.
Simply put, it is not worth it for a truck driver to risk using a cellphone while driving in the state of Georgia. Unless you have a hands-free device, the call can wait – and texts can definitely wait.
However, here at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC, we recognize that not everyone who is charged with a crime is guilty of it. We know there is more to your story, and we want to help you defend it. And if you are the victim of a truck accident involving distracted driving, then we want to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Statistics of Truck Accidents in Georgia
It is known that 89 drivers died in 2016 and 2017 due to distracted driving. This is just the drivers. This number does not include the victims of a distracted driver, like the other motorist who was hit, pedestrians, and passengers in the distracted driver’s car.
Georgia’s car crash trend has been charting steadily upward since 2013. From the period of January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017, there were:
- Nearly 330,000 car crashes
- Over 92,000 injuries related to car crashes
- Nearly 2,400 fatalities related to car crashes
Of those numbers, between 3,300 and nearly 4,000 single-car crashes are known to have occurred each year as the result of distracted driving. (Single-car meaning crashing into a tree or mailbox.)
The number of rear-end crashes that are known to have occurred as the result of distracted driving is significantly larger. In 2013, that number was nearly 10,000. By 2016, that number climbed to nearly 13,500.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that car accidents involving distracted driving kill nine people in the U.S. every day. Another 1,000 are injured every day.
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