According to various studies, five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling at 55mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field blindfolded. A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving.
Georgia Law Provides:
No person who is 18 years of age or older or who has a Class C license shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, or Internet data.
It is a fact that drivers are becoming more and more tempted to send and read quick text messages or emails. Most people think a quick glance is innocent and unlikely to lead to any harm. However, it has become very common for these quick, innocent glances to cause devastating results. Parents should educate their teen drivers on the need to put up the cell phone while driving.
It is now standard procedure to obtain the cell phone records of the opposing party in civil cases involving motor vehicle accidents. Texting on a cell phone while driving in the car is considered to be negligence in many instances. Negligence is the concept that determines fault in most personal injury cases, including car accident claims. Negligence means not exercising reasonable care under what lawyers call the “reasonable person” standard. A “reasonable person” does not text or email while driving down the road.
Hiring an attorney quickly after the accident can be pivotal to preserving the evidence needed for you case. If you have been the victim of an accident that occurred as a result of someone texting and driving, I can help you fight for the compensation you need to aid in recovery. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 706-356-0518 or contact my office online.