Motor Vehicle Accidents Related to Cell Phones
Motor vehicle accidents in 2007 to 2011 averaged approximately 5,500,000 each year. The amount of cell phone only accidents documented is approximately 48,000 on average each year, and of those 20,000 were crashes involving a driver using a cell phone at the time of the crash. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 40-6-241.1 (the Code) states in pertinent part that, “No person…that has a class C license shall operate a motor vehicle on any road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunication device to write send or read any text based communication included, but not limited to, a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.”
A Wireless Telecommunication Device is defined as a cellular phone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a stand alone computer, or any other substantially similar wireless device that is used to initiate or receive a wireless communication with another person. 69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 had indicated in a survey that they had talked on their cell phones while driving in the past 30 days according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC).
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Personal Injury Accident Lawyers are experts and have success representing thousands of people and families who have suffered as a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia, Decatur, Georgia, Marietta, Georgia, Lawrenceville, Georgia, Fulton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, and Gwinnett County, just to name a few of the municipalities and counties that we serve in the State of Georgia. If you have been injured because of a Distracted Driver who was using a cell phone when driving, or if a loved one has been tragically killed in such an accident, then contact us immediately for your free legal consultation by and or all of the following means; by phone at (770) 865-8654 and (813) 363-6664, by email at email@example.com; and/or by filling out the Contact Us form on our Website. We look forward to speaking with you about the specific details of your case.
The main message to all of us who are tempted to use our cell phones while driving is that we need to avoid any activity that may serve as a distraction while driving including, but not limited to, all types of cellular phone use, or the use of any Wireless Telecommunication Device. It only takes a second when we are distracted to take our eyes off of the road or to not have our full attention on the road and cause an accident that may or may not be foreseeable. If we have our undivided attention on the road, it does not mean that we are completely absolved from the possibility of an accident, but it does mean that the chances go down significantly that we will be in an accident. Nobody wants to be in an accident where there is Serious or other Catastrophic Injuries such as the loss of life and/or limb, or even Death, and none of us want to live with the fact that we may have been the cause of such an unfortunate event and that the accident could have been avoided if we had just been paying attention on the road.
Just as the laws that require us to wear seat-belts, the laws against using a cell phone while driving are meant to protect us. These laws are especially vital in light of the fact that that Motor Vehicle Accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2012 more that 2,500,000 people were treated in emergency departments as the result of being in a motor vehicle crash. The economic impact is also notable; in a one year period the cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeded $80 Billion Dollars according to the CDC.
If you or a loved on have been involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident with a Distracted Driver, whether or not that driver was or was not using his/her cell phone or other communication device, then please Contact Us for your Free Legal Consultation so that we may discuss your case with you. Our Personal Injury Attorneys have a collective of over 75 years of experience representing clients in Motor Vehicle Accidents and we are extremely successful at what we do for our clients. Our goal is to get you and your loved ones the most amount of compensation possible under the circumstances of your particular case. We are available to talk to you at any time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.