Distracted driving incidents happen every day. However the results from the annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) give actual numbers that are mind boggling: Every minute there are 660,000+U.S.drivers using their cell phones or working electronic devices while operating their vehicle. Also, there are almost 500,000 injuries and over 3,300 deaths a year which directly involve a distracted driver.
Distracted Driving is a Common Everyday Occurrence
While many think they are not distracted drivers as they do not text or talk on the cell phone while driving, they may be surprised to learn that they are distracted more often than they think: distracted driving is anything that takes your attention away from the road, traffic, pedestrians or roadside activity. Some examples of distracted driving include:
- Texting or reading received texts
- Talking on a cell or Smartphone
- Using a GPS or navigation system
- Using the radio, CD or MP3 player
- Fixing hair or applying cosmetics
- Reading a map or written directions
- Eating and drinking while driving
- Watching a video on phone or tablet
- Driving while in an emotional state
Of all the distractions, text messaging has the highest numbers of incidents where accidents, injury and death have occurred. Sending and receiving texts require your brain to perform visual, manual, and cognition attention which is taken away from your attention on the road. When you or your family suffers an injury or a loved one dies, it is time to seek legal guidance for compensation from a totally preventable violation.
Georgia Laws on Distracted Driving
The State of Georgia has specific laws regarding use of a cell phone while driving. Georgia has a ban on all cell phone use, handheld, and hands-free for bus drivers and novice drivers under 18 years old. A ban on texting for all drivers is also in place. Drivers using their cell phone to talk or text are consciously and deliberatively making the decision to put others in danger.
Georgia Distracted Driving Facts and Statistics
Distraction.Gov, NOPUS, and numerous other highway safety organizations report data on distracted driving that illustrate the growing problem:
- 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted drivers using their cell phone at the time of the accident
- It takes an average of 4.6 seconds to send or to read an incoming text; these few seconds of time are comparable to driving 55 mph the entire length of a football field, blind.
- You triple your risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident when you perform visual-manual activities such as reaching for your phone/device, then dialing or texting.
- 25% of teenage drivers respond to a text message at least 1-time every time they drive.
- 10% of adults report they have extended and multi-message text conversations while they are driving
- Using a headset for a cell phone is not substantially safer than using a hand-held phone
Douglasville Distracted Driver Accident Attorney
Carrollton and Douglasville distracted driving accidents have become a sign of our times. Distracted driving accidents are totally preventable yet thousands of innocent victims are injured and killed every year.
If your family has suffered through a preventable tragedy, make the call to the experienced car accident attorneys of Miller & Wynn. They have a long successful history of recovering financial compensation by holding the distracted driver fully responsible for their conscious decision that resulted in injury or death.