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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Distracted Driving Trends in Georgia and Nationwide

In April, I blogged about the top three reasons car accident fatalities were on the rise in Georgia, with distracted driving as the number one cause of fatal car accidents on our roadways. 

 

Unfortunately, this alarming trend is continuing.  According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, there have been 944 traffic fatalities YTD as of September 22nd  (compared to 802 during the same time period in 2014).  This is consistent with the average of 100 fatalities per month predicted earlier this year. 

 

Because distracted driving has become such a dangerous issue affecting nationwide, local and federal agencies are ramping up campaigns designed to educate the public how one simple decision – such as waiting to send a text – can quickly become a life or death situation. 

 

According to the new web site Distraction.gov, the risk is highest among younger drivers.  Drivers in their 20s make up 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.  And a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more EVERY TIME they drive.  Some parents admit they are contributing to the problem, as 10 percent of parents report having extended, multi-message text conversations while driving. 

 

Even taking your eyes off the road for a few seconds is dangerous.  On average, drivers take their eyes off the road for five seconds at a time when texting.  However, when traveling at a speed of 55 mph, that's enough time to cover the length of a football field. 

Driving without distraction is the right thing to do for you, your passengers, other motorists and pedestrians.  Georgia law also prohibit certain distractions while driving, including a:

  • Ban on all cell phone use (both handheld and hands-free) for “novice drivers” (all drivers under the age of 18)

  • Ban on texting for drivers of all ages 

  • Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers

  • Strict restrictions for commercial motor vehicle drivers (such as tractor trailer drivers), including one-touch dialing and use of hands-free feature.  Drivers are not in compliance if they unsafe while reaching for a cellphone.

 

If you have been injured by a distracted driver and need help with your claim, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.  

 

 

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