Distracted driving is a growing problem on our nation’s roadways, and resulted in over 3,000 fatalities in 2010 alone. Distracted driving is a form of driver negligence that may allow victims to recover through a personal injury lawsuit. Anyone who has been injured by a distracted driver should consult with an experienced Fayette County car accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you determine whether and against whom you may have a claim, and can also assist you in filing a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are experienced Fayette County auto accident lawyers who understand how to get our clients the compensation to which they are entitled.
One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving is that of texting while driving. Texting while driving has been made illegal in several states, including Georgia, but enforcement of the law remains law. The reason that texting while driving is particularly dangerous is that it involves all three kinds of driver distraction: cognitive, manual, and visual. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 27% of adults admit to having texted while driving, while 26% teens have admitted to the same behavior. There are several steps a person may take to reduce the risk of an accident occurring due to texting while driving:
- Turn off your phone while driving
- Use a hands free talk-to-text device
- Avoid any drivers who you observe using their cell phones
- Use an app that disables texting when it sense that the vehicle is in motion
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Potential damages available in a distracted driving lawsuit include compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost income, among others. Be sure to obtain contact information from anyone else who can verify that the driver at fault for the accident was distracted. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us today at (770) 487-8999.