Distracted driving endangers everyone on the road and, while all behind-the-wheel distractions are risky, texting while driving takes the cake for being the most dangerous. Why? Because it combines the three main types of driver distractions:
- Taking your eyes off the road
- Having at least one hand off the wheel
- Diverting your concentration away from the task of driving safely
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, even reading or sending a short text can cause you to travel the entire length of a football field without watching the road.
Though Georgia banned texting while driving in 2010, and passed the Hands-Free Georgia Act in 2018 that prohibits drivers from even holding their phone or using any body part to support it, accidents caused by texting still occur. When they do, they can be catastrophic or even deadly.
If you were hurt in a crash caused by a texting driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses.
However, as an accident victim, it can be difficult to determine whether the other driver was texting at the time of the crash. Fortunately, an experienced car accident attorney can help.
A skilled Georgia personal injury attorney will use the tools of the discovery process—such as interrogatories, depositions, and requests for phone records and other documents—to find out if the other driver was texting, and then prove it in court.
Hurt in an Accident Caused by a Texting Driver?
At Van Sant Law, our attorneys have experience helping Georgia accident victims get the compensation they deserve after a texting and driving crash. If you were hurt by a texting driver, we can review your case, and help you understand your legal rights and options.
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and additional damages. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a complimentary initial consultation.