Distracted driving is a significant factor in thousands of accidents each year, some of which can result in serious injuries to those involved. The proliferation of handheld devices such as smartphones has only added to the problem, prompting some states to pass legislation banning cell phone use by drivers. Others, such as Georgia, have taken a more conservative approach, banning cell phone use for high risk drivers such as teens or banning particularly dangerous activities like texting. When people are injured by a distracted driver, they may be able to recover for their losses by filing a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. The best way to determine whether you have a claim is to have the circumstances of your case reviewed by one of the experienced personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.
Texting while driving is particularly dangerous, as it involves cognitive, manual, and visual distractions. Here are some important facts and statistics highlighting the dangers of texting while driving:
- In 2010, 18% of all accidents involving injury were reported as involving driver distraction
- Text messaging makes a crash 23 times more likely
- 40% of teens report that they have been in a car in which the driver used a cell phone in a way that put others in danger
- Using a headset with a cell phone is not significantly safer than using a hand-held cell phone
More information about texting and distracted driving generally can be found at the U.S. government’s official distracted driving website here. Anyone who has been involved in an accident that they believe was the result of distracted driving should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
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Distracted driving accidents can entitle victims to substantial financial compensation. After an accident, be sure to seek medical attention for any injuries that you may have sustained. Remember that not all injuries will develop symptoms immediately, and it may take days or even weeks for symptoms to appear. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.