December 18, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For many Atlanta residents, it's hard to think of leaving the house without a cellphone, as it may be their primary way of connecting with the world around them. This rings true for residents across the United States. For many years, the practice of talking and texting seemed an acceptable practice to engage in while driving a vehicle. Since that time, it has shown to be a deadly practice, killing over 3,300 Americans last year, and injuring 421,000 more. According to the National Safety Council, a car accident
is caused by a distracted driver every 30 seconds. Many states, including Georgia, are cracking down on distracted driving by passing laws restricting the use of handheld devices while driving.
The laws seem to be working. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 1,223 people in Georgia were killed in vehicular accidents in 2011. This is a 14 percent reduction in deaths from the prior year; however, there is still room for improvement.
What is distracted driving?
The official U.S. Government website, Distraction.gov, defines distracted driving as any activity that compromises a driver's ability to focus on driving. While cell phone use and texting are primary examples of distractive activities, others include:
- Eating and drinking.
- Talking to other passengers.
- Using a navigation system.
- Adjusting the radio or CD player.
- Attending to children riding in the backseat.
- Reading a map or emails.
Since many drivers engage in these activities while driving on a daily basis, the number of distracted drivers continues to grow. It is only when they cause a car accident that they become a statistic.
Current regulations on distracted driving
While hand-held cell phone use is banned for drivers under the age of 18 years and bus drivers, it is still legal for those over 18 to use a hand held cellphone device, as reported by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twelve states, including New York and Nevada, have taken a more stringent approach by banning the use of all hand-held devices while driving. Some are debating whether Georgia state legislature should increase the intensity of the current cell phone laws, and whether the statistics of deaths caused by distracted driving would drop in response.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has implemented several campaigns in order to decrease the amount of deaths that occur on Georgia roads, including Operation Zero Tolerance, and H.E.A.T., which was created to enforce laws revolving around distracted and aggressive driving.
Citizens of Georgia can help prevent any further fatalities from occurring due to distracted driving by not engaging in any activities that take their focus off of the road. Before you set out, organize your car by setting up your music, putting away your cell phone, and taking care of your children. Avoid doing these things while driving in order to minimize your chance of having an accident. Together Georgia citizens can take action of their own.
Call an attorney
If you are the unfortunate victim of a motor vehicle accident, don't wait to call an experienced attorney. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. A reputable Georgia attorney can guide you through the process of seeking justice.
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