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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Statistics on Cellphone Use and Texting While Driving in Georgia

To date, Georgia roads are safer than a year ago, however a recent study released by AAA shows that drivers still need to be vigilant.  Perhaps the most shocking statistic is that 1 in 3 drivers know someone (a friend or family member) who was seriously injured or killed in a car crash, and 1 in 5 have been involved in a serious car wreck.  

There are a number of factors contributing to car accidents that can’t be controlled, such as the weather.  But in our modern society, a major safety concern on our roadways is distracted driving due to communications technology.  The AAA 2014 Traffic Safety Index focuses on drivers’ opinions, experiences and behavior, and key findings revealed the contrast between people’s attitudes and behaviors regarding cellphone use and texting.  For example, while most people surveyed disapprove of talking on handheld cellphones and texting while driving, many admit to recently engaging in the behavior themselves.  Here are some key survey findings regarding cellphone use and texting while driving in Georgia:

Cellphone Use While Driving in Georgia

While it’s legal to talk on a cellphone while driving in Georgia, almost 70% of the people surveyed are in favor of restricting the use of handheld cellphones while driving (many states that restrict the use of handheld cellphones while driving allow it with hands-free capability). 

While the majority of people surveyed recognize that cellphones can be a distraction and favor legal restrictions, more than 2 in 3 drivers admitted to talking on the phone while driving during the past month, and almost 1 in 3 drivers do it regularly. 

Texting While Driving in Georgia

Texting while driving is illegal in Georgia, and widely recognized as one of the most dangerous distractions on the road today.  However, more than 25% of drivers surveyed admitted to sending a text or email while driving over the past month, and over 36% admitted to reading a text or email while driving during the past month. 

While these numbers indicate that implementing legal restrictions may effectively curb dangerous behavior to a degree, it has not eliminated it altogether as some drivers continue to read and send texts while driving.  If you have you been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.  

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

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