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Accidents Caused by Texting While Driving

Almost all people over age 16 are guilty of texting while driving at some point of their lives. The term “texting” can mean simply looking down at your phone when it beeps. With all of the bells and whistles available on today’s technology, it is no wonder car accidents involving a texting driver are on the rise.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a car accident that may have been caused by a driver who was texting? If so, you may be entitled to damages. You should contact an Atlanta distracted driving car accident attorney experienced with these situations.

A 2014 study by Wayne State University professors published in the January 2015 issue of “Accident Analysis and Prevention” showed some startling statistics regarding texting while driving. Fifty percent of the people in the study got out of their lanes while texting. However, the statistics showed that older drivers were much more prone to lane excursions.

One hundred percent of drivers who were between 45 and 59 years old made lane excursions while texting as compared to about 80 percent of subjects between 35 and 44, almost 40 percent of participants between 25 and 34, and nearly 25 percent of drivers between 18 and 24.

For more information on distracted driving statistics, give this website a try. End Distracted Driving is an organization founded by our friend and fellow trial attorney Joel Feldman after he lost his daughter in an accident involving distracted driving.

Dangers of Texting While Driving

It is dangerous to do anything other than keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while driving. Today’s reality is that such behavior is uncommon. Many people use handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle. Studies show that texting on such handheld devices is the riskiest behavior. Unless a person is an exceptionally talented texter, he or she must take their attention from the road to read or compose a text message.

Although it is dangerous to talk or use any handheld device while operating a motor vehicle, texting is often considered to be the riskiest behavior of them all. Whereas a driver talking on a cell phone most likely has his or her eyes on the road, when reading or composing a text message, he or she must take his attention off the road.

You may not think about the act of texting this deeply, but indulge me for a moment. When composing or reading a text message, your eyes and brain are focused upon digesting the contents of that text message. It is akin to reading a book while driving. You RARELY see people reading books while driving a vehicle!!

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that the risk of being involved in a car accident while sending or reading a text is 23 times greater. Simply talking on a cell phone only increases the chances of a car accident by 4 times. That is a KILLER difference.

When You Think Texting While Driving Caused Your Car Wreck

A driver that makes the call to send or receive text messages while driving is not only putting himself in danger, but also his passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and other drivers. Georgia laws are in place to keep people from being injured or killed by texting drivers. Distracted driving can be fatal.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, it is important that you call legal counsel that is an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney. A Georgia car wreck lawyer will get to work proving your case. Texting is often easier to prove than other kinds of distractions such as spanking children or eating.

The Atlanta GA car accident lawyers of The Parian Law Firm, LLC will interview witnesses and speak to insurance companies and doctors on your behalf to be sure you get the compensation you deserve. You could be eligible to recover money for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical costs.

Call The Parian Law Firm, LLC today at (770) 727-5550 or chat online now with our staff if you or a loved one is the victim of an accident that might have been caused by distracted driving.