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To reduce car accidents, Georgia enforces distracted driving law

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2019 | Car Accidents, Firm News

Distracted driving is problematic across the nation. Georgia took specific steps to reduce its occurrence and the dangers associated with it. The new law implemented in the middle of 2018 was put in place to cite drivers for failing to use a hands-free device when behind the wheel. From the time the law was put in place in July, there have been nearly 8,400 citations given. There was a significant rise in violations in December to coincide with the holidays. In comparison, there were fewer than half that number given in the first half of 2018.

Before the law came into effect, drivers could not send text messages when they were driving. They were, however, allowed to use the device for phone calls. This made enforcement difficult as knowing whether a driver was texting or calling was difficult. The law is referenced when assessing the statistics of fatal accidents, as it reduced by seven percent for the year. The numbers are not final and might rise, but there has been an improvement.

With the newly enacted law, drivers are prohibited from holding their device when they are driving. They cannot watch videos, nor can they engage in other behaviors that lead to an increase in fatalities on the road. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of deaths on state roadways increased by 34 percent. There were 1,561 deaths. It is believed that distracted driving played a major role in that number. In 2017 and 2018, fatalities began reducing.

After the law was enacted, State Patrol started by issuing warnings. When the holidays came about, citations were given with growing frequency. The law has also ended the different rules that were applied to teens and adults, as everyone is now viewed the same under the new law. Despite these attempts to curtail distracted driving, motorists will still seek methods to multitask and use their devices behind the wheel. This can cause a crash with injuries and fatalities. Those who are hurt may be subjected to significant damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term pain and suffering. Legal help is often vital to imposing liability on a negligent driver and recovering compensation for these damages.

While drivers are becoming more aware of the potential penalties that can accompany distracted driving, some still choose to engage in this dangerous behavior. Tragically, far too often these actions result in injuries and death. After an accident, victims must know that they have the right to seek compensation by pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. A law firm that understands all aspects of car accidents can help with such a case by fighting for a fair and favorable outcome.