Driving While Distracted

By Personal Injury Attorney Yolvondra Martin

Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of car accident fatalities each year.  The most common form of distracted driving is texting while driving.

Not only is texting while driving dangerous, it is illegal in 43 states including Georgia.  Texting while driving diverts a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention away from the road.  In other words, texting takes a driver’s eyes off of the road, his hands of the steering wheel, and his mind off of the task of driving.

To put the danger in greater perspective, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has found that texting is SIX times more dangerous than drunk driving.  Texting while driving takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds or length of a football field on average.  In fact, texting while driving causes more deaths than drunk driving each year.

Georgia took the stance to proactively protect its citizens on the road and passed a law banning drivers from texting, checking emails and browsing the internet while driving in 2010.  Drivers under the age of 18 and bus drivers are banned from using their cell phones completely while driving.

Driving requires your full attention.  Avoiding distracted driving can save many lives.

If you or someone you know have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, contact Personal Injury Attorney Yolvondra Martin for your consultation.

The Martin Law Group | 404-248-4898 | ymartin@themartinlawgroup.com

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