Many drivers in Georgia are concerned about the dangers of distracted drivers on the highways. A number of distractions can divert the attention and the eyes of a driver, from vehicle entertainment systems to smartphones with all of their apps and communication possibilities. While the appeal of distractions is widespread, the consequences of distracted driving can be severe and life-threatening. In 2015, 3,477 people lost their lives across the country due to distracted driving.
While distracted driving can refer to any kind of behavior that keeps a driver’s attention away from the road, from putting on makeup to talking on a handheld phone, perhaps the most well-known distraction is texting while driving. Texting is particularly dangerous because it can keep a driver’s eyes off the road for multiple seconds at a time; when traveling at high speeds, it is easy to cause a car accident while distracted.
Even if an accident doesn’t result in a fatality, distracted driving can cause serious injuries. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. These injuries can be catastrophic and lead to major changes in a victim’s life or a long-term disability. While the dangers of driving while distracted have been publicized in awareness campaigns, it is estimated that around 660,000 people are using their cell phones on the road during daylight hours on a daily basis. While state laws have recognized the danger of these distractions with mandatory fines, law enforcement cannot handle the issue alone without popular education and adoption.
People who have been injured in car accidents due to distracted or other forms of negligent driving may suffer severe consequences as a result. A personal injury lawyer may help accident victims pursue compensation for the harms done, including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.