Holding Distracted Drivers Liable for Serious Injuries
Published in Car Accidents on October 8, 2019.
When you get behind the wheel of your car, you take on the immense responsibility of helping to keep our roads safe for everyone who travels on them. When drivers, instead, allow themselves to become distracted by anything other than safely adhering to the rules of the road, they endanger everyone with whom they share the motorway. When a driver’s distraction is responsible for causing an accident that results in serious injury, that driver should be held accountable. If a distracted driver leaves you or someone you care about injured in an accident, consult with an experienced Macon car accident attorney today
Distraction has become a major problem on our roadways. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares that 3,166 lives were lost to distracted driving in 2017. NHTSA defines distracted driving as engaging in any activity that diverts one’s attention from the primary task of driving safely, including:
- Engaging with a smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Conversing with car occupants
- Fiddling with the radio, entertainment system, or navigation system
Anything that grabs your attention away from driving is a dangerous distraction, but texting is the most dangerous of all. When you send or read a text, your eyes leave the road for an average of 5 seconds, which translates to driving blind for the length of a football field (at highway speeds).
Distracted Driving and the Law
Since July of 2018, it has been illegal to hold a smartphone or other electronic device while driving in the State of Georgia. This means no making calls, no searching for music, no recording or videotaping, and – of course – no texting. When a driver chooses to interact with his or her phone rather than to concentrate on driving safely, he or she endangers others and should be held liable for any injuries that result.
Distracted Driving and Liability
In Georgia, distracted driving is not only illegal but is also grounds for fault if the driver’s distraction leads to an accident. In other words, a distracted driver can be held accountable for any injuries that ensue. Further, the extent of those injuries is likely exacerbated by the distraction itself. For instance, when a driver’s negligence leads to an accident, the driver generally attempts to self-correct and to mitigate ensuing damage in the process. If the driver is distracted, however, that distraction can cause him or her to lose seconds of response time and to compound the resulting level of damage.
If a Distracted Driver Leaves You Injured, You Need an Experienced Macon Car Accident Attorney on Your Side
Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers who should be held legally accountable for the serious injuries they cause. If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, the dedicated car accident attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon are committed to skillfully advocating on your behalf for the compensation to which you are entitled. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 for more information today.