Texting and Driving
In the State of Georgia, it is a crime to text and drive. Although this might seem like a simple statement, drivers will ignore this and the result can be Motor Vehicle Accidents that can cause serious bodily injury and even death . The criminal penalty for texting and driving is relatively small in Georgia such as a fine as low as one-hundred and fifty dollars and No/00ths ($ 150.00) and possibly costing the driver only one point on a Georgia driver’s license. The cost, however, of causing an accident that causes you, someone you love, another driver, and/or someone they love, serious bodily injury, and/or the loss of life and limb and possibly death can be astronomical not only in monetary terms but with the notion that you must live with the fact that if you had not been texting and driving, or if another person had not been texting and driving, that this tragic incident may very well have not happened at all.
In fact, research has shown that a driver who is texting while driving is twenty-three (23) times more likely to have an accident, and that a persons’ eyes are not on the road for approximately four and one sixth (1/6th) (4.6) seconds while they are texting and driving. In 2012 alone there were 3,840 Motor Vehicle Accidents attributed to texting and driving, plus cell phone use, and nine (9) resulted in fatalities, and 955 of those accidents resulted in serious injury according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Georgia is ranked Third in the Country for the highest rate of texting and driving with only thirty-seven (37) percent, less than one-half (50%), of the people in the study that would actually admit to texting and driving. Therefore, Georgia could be ranked even higher in the country for texting and driving if everyone who was engaged in texting and driving would actually admit that they engage in this unlawful act.
At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our Personal Injury Lawyers are experts and have had success representing hundreds, if not thousands, of people and families who have suffered a loss as a result of Motor Vehicle Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia. If you have been injured because of irresponsible drivers or a loved one has been tragically killed, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Contact Us on our website. We also serve in the cities of Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur, and Lawrence, and the counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee County and this is just to name a few of the counties and municipalities that we proudly serve. We look forward to working with you and getting you of all the just compensation that you deserve under the particular circumstances of your case.
There have been many advertising campaigns in the State of Georgia to stop people from texting and driving. These advertising campaigns span from highway billboards to television commercials. These campaigns often include catchy slogans such as, “R U In-Text-icated? Put Down the Phone.”. This is just scratching the surface of the amount of advertisements that are published to stop drivers from texting and driving in Georgia.
Despite the Laws in Georgia Against Texting and Driving, and the rigorous campaigns with advertising jingles meant to stay in our minds to reinforce the notion that texting and driving is very dangerous, people still engage in this activity, as the report above shows, at an alarming rate. The majority of people won’t even admit that they do, in fact, text and drive. Even though it might be difficult for law enforcement to prove, it is vital that we all take heed to the warnings and the statistics that show that texting and driving can, and does, cause Motor Vehicle Accidents that result in Catastrophic Injuries and even Deaths. We do not want you or a loved one to become a statistic so let’s spread the word: Do Not Text and Drive.
Again, at Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, we have been very successful in representing people who have been injured or who have a loved one who has been tragically killed in a Motor Vehicle Accident involving someone who was texting and driving. If you or a loved one has been involved in any Motor Vehicle Accident, whether or not it involved texting and driving, then please Contact Us as soon as possible for your Free Legal Consultation so that we may discuss your case. We look forward to hearing from you soon and we sincerely hope that, as the message gets out about the real dangers of texting and driving, that this becomes an issue of the past.