Although the State of Georgia has a law prohibiting texting while driving, which was established in 2010, some drivers are still texting behind the wheel. As a consequence, auto accidents in Atlanta and across the state are still occurring because a driver’s eyes are on his cell phone and not on the road ahead.
Drivers in the State of Georgia aren’t the only ones. Drivers in every other state have also caused crashes because they are texting while driving, which has led to over 100,000 texting-related accidents occurring annually throughout the nation. Some of these traffic accidents have led to serious injuries; others have fatal consequences.
As an Atlanta auto accident attorney, I strive to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and am happy to see other companies, journalists, television hosts, and state and federal government officials encouraging drivers to stop texting while driving. Even wireless phone companies like Atlanta-based AT&T are asking motorists to pledge not to text and drive, through their “It Can Wait” campaign.
AT&T’s campaign is aimed at teenage drivers, as their survey results reveal the following:
- About 89 percent of teens surveyed say they expect a reply to a text within five minutes.
- Approximately 75 percent of teens surveyed said texting while driving is common among their friends.
- About 77 percent of teens said they have seen their parents text while driving.
Although AT&T’s campaign is targeted to teen drivers, the advice is good and applicable to all drivers. I encourage everyone to put down their phones while they are driving—all it takes is the momentary distraction of one text and for an accident to occur.
If you were injured in a car crash in Georgia caused by a distracted driver, please call Shane Smith Law at 770-HURT-999 to find out more about your rights in a complimentary consultation with an experienced Atlanta injury lawyer.