Answers To Your Questions About Distracted Driving Accidents
Distracted driving is quickly becoming one of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. If you or someone you care about has been hit by a distracted driver, you may have questions about pursuing a car accident claim. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, we are happy to provide personalized answers to any of your questions in a free consultation.
To get started, here are some answers to commonly asked questions:
Is Distracted Driving Illegal In Georgia?
Technically, yes. On July 1, 2018, Georgia’s Hands-Free Law went into effect. This law makes it illegal to use your cellphone behind the wheel, and restricts the use so drivers cannot:
- Hold or touch their phone
- Send or read text messages
- Record videos on their phone
However, it is still legal to take calls through Bluetooth and use your GPS.
This law focuses on restricting phone use behind the wheel. And cellphone use makes up a large percent of distracted driving accidents. However, the law does not cover or illegalize other forms of distracted driving that can also lead to serious injuries on Georgia roads.
What Is Considered Distracted Driving?
There are three main kinds of distracted driving:
- Visual: This involves anything that takes your eyes off the road, such as putting on makeup or looking down at a phone.
- Cognitive: This includes things that distract your mind from the task at hand, such as talking with a passenger, or even thinking.
- Manual: Anything that takes one or both hands off the wheel is a manual distraction. This could be eating or texting.
If a driver engages in one or a combination of these categories, they pose a serious risk to other drivers.
How Can You Prove The At-Fault Driver Was Distracted?
Everyone who has driven on Georgia roads knows how common distracted driving is. However, in a distracted driving accident claim it is necessary to prove that the at-fault driver was distracted. To do so, there are a variety of places an experienced lawyer may direct their investigation, including:
- Cellphone records, if the at-fault driver was using it at the time of the car crash
- Video of the accident from traffic cameras or dashboard cameras
- Statements from witnesses of the accident
- Accident reconstructions
What Should I Do If I Was In A Car Wreck Caused By A Distracted Driver?
After any auto accident, and especially an accident caused by distracted driving, you should:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think you are not hurt, serious injuries can show up long after the initial collision.
- Call the police. They will investigate the scene and collect evidence for an accident report. This could be crucial evidence to prove the at-fault driver was distracted.
- If you can, collect your own records of the accident. Take pictures and note the date, time and conditions of the accident.
Distracted driving is negligent and, under Georgia law, often illegal. If you were hurt by someone who disobeyed the law and took the risk of driving distracted, you may have a personal injury claim. By speaking with a trusted attorney, you can find out if you have a claim and how much it is worth.
Want More Answers? Call For A Free Consult.
If a distracted driver has injured you, you may have many more questions. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm in Cartersville and Greenville, we can help you find the answers you need. Call us at 864-326-3073 or email our firm for a free consultation.