Prohibition On Texting and Driving in Georgia
There are many ways that people get distracted while driving, from talking on their cell phones, the dealing with disciplining kids, or even focusing too much on the lyrics of a song on the radio than the road. But the distraction that has proved to be the most damaging is texting and driving.
Drivers are 23 times more likely to get into an accident if they are engaged in electronic text communications while they are driving. Because of this, the state of Georgia prohibits all drivers from texting and related behaviors while they are driving. This includes looking a the web, using a personal digital assistant, a computer or their phone to read or write text data while they are driving. It also applies to instant messaging, email, or other Internet data. For those whose driving carries an additional risk or responsibility, bus drivers or drivers under 18, cell phone conversations are forbidden as well — even on a hands free devise.
Georgia’s texting law is a “primary” traffic law. The police are justified in pulling over any vehicle where they suspect the driver is sending text messages, even if they are doing nothing else wrong. A secondary traffic law is one that can only be enforced if there is suspicion of some other violation as well.
Despite the prohibition of texting while driving, there are still a good deal of Georgia residents who text on an occasional or frequent basis while driving. They may try to limit their texts to stoplights, or they may think it’s ok to just read a message, but things can get out of hand quickly. If they are moving at a typical highway speed they will travel the length of a football field with their eyes off the road. This behavior can lead to an accident where someone gets hurt, no matter how experienced the driver is. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a driver who was texting, it is important to speak with a car accident lawyer in Kennesaw or Acworth as soon as possible in order to see how the circumstances of your accident might affect any potential financial settlement you should receive.
Although texting and driving is addressed under the criminal system, criminal consequences are not sufficient when someone has been injured. The texting violation by itself will only yield a fine of $150, which goes into the system, not in the victim’s pocket. For your own justice, you need a lawyer on your side looking out for your best interests. This is exactly what you’ll get when you turn to the Law Offices of Roger Ghai for your car accident case in Kennesaw. Whatever insurance company that is involved, whether it is your own policy or that of the driver who caused the accident, is designed to save money for the company, which means offering settlements as low as their clients will take. An immediate check in your hand can be enticing, but no claim check should be cashed without talking to a lawyer in Kennesaw first.
Roger Ghai of the Law Offices of Roger Ghai has been practicing law since 1989, and has extensive experience in handling all sorts of personal injury cases, including car accidents caused by distracted drivers. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, you need every advantage you can get. Call our office at the Law Offices of Roger Ghai at 770-792-1000 to find out how we can help.