Georgia Accident Attorney Shane Smith Educates Drivers on the Dangers of Distracted Driving
There are many types of negligent and reckless drivers in Georgia. One way drivers disregard their privilege of driving is by driving distracted. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, distracted drivers are one of the greatest causes of auto accidents. Specifically, drivers who text and talk on their hand held cellphones are two common ways drivers become distracted while driving. Even though Georgia does ban texting while driving, drivers 18 years and older may still use their hand held cellphones to have conversations while driving. In light of Georgia’s lax cellphone usage laws for adult drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association recommends to refrain from using cellphones and similar electronic devices while driving.
In 2012, the Governors Highway Safety Association changed and increased its safety recommendations to minimize distractions for all drivers. Moving from its original ban for only texting while driving, its new recommendations are to ban texting AND talking on a hand-held cellphones for all drivers, not just minor and commercial motor vehicle operators. The new recommendations are because some drivers have claimed that they were simply dialing a contact while they were really sending or receiving a text message.
According to the recent 2012 report, drivers drive distracted as much as half of the time. While talking on a cellphone is distracting, texting while driving increases the chance of an auto accident much more. In response to the grave situation posed by distracted drivers, the Governors Highway Safety Association has made the following recommendations:
- Maintain and analyze distracted driving statistics – how accidents are caused, injuries, deaths, etc.
- Look at existing laws related to distracted driving including what is prohibited, what is not and what legislation may do to minimize future distracted driving auto accidents.
- Make modifications to roads that “remind” drivers when they are almost out of their lane by using rumble strips and similar engineering methods.
While there are many things the government and other organizations are doing to prevent distracted driving auto accidents, there are unfortunately too many injuries and deaths due to distracted drivers. If you have been injured or have a family member die due to the negligence of a distracted driver, you need to speak with a Gwinnett County accident lawyer. When you call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to learn about your legal rights you will be able to speak with a Georgia accident lawyer during a free legal consultation. Call (770) 487-8999 today!