Cell Phones and Driving in Georgia – Understanding the Law


June 06, 2015

Cell phones have been around long enough for our society to see just how dangerous they can be when combined with driving. We all know that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can pose a significant safety risk to others, but it has taken longer than expected for many state legislatures to recognize that driving while texting is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Laws regarding the use of cell phones while driving are different from state to state. Some states outlaw hands-on cell phone use completely, while other states may choose to only prohibit texting while driving, leaving drivers with he ability to talk on the phone.

Under Georgia law, texting while driving is illegal, and has been banned since 2010. While accidents continue to occur that involve texting or other cell phone use, Georgia's laws have made the roads a little safer. Cell phone use that is limited to speaking on the phone is not completely outlawed in Georgia for adults, but it is illegal for teenagers to use their cell phones for any reason while driving - conduct that also has been outlawed since 2010.

Cell Phones Can Be Both Life Savers and Your Worse Enemy

Many state laws are reactionary to things that are happening across the state. While cell phones have proven to be helpful in emergency situations, and undoubtedly have saved lives, they have also been the cause of unnecessary and preventable injuries and deaths. As a result, the Georgia legislature decided to take a stand against cell phone use and driving in an effort to minimize the number of accidents occurring throughout the state. Even though adult drivers can still use their cell phones while driving for the purposes of talking, the roads are becoming safer as more and more people recognize that texting while driving is one of the most dangerous activities anyone can carry out.

Injuries suffered as a result of an auto accident involving cell phone use are particularly difficult to deal with mainly because the injured victim knows that the accident may have been prevented if the other driver was paying attention to the wheel and the road instead of his or her cell phone. Generally speaking, when an individual causes a preventable accident, the injured individual may seek to hold that person accountable, and may do so in a court of law. However, in order to know whether or not you can pursue a legal claim regarding the injuries you have suffered because of another person or party's negligence, you will need to discuss the matter with a reputable and highly experienced attorney.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys are committed to providing excellent legal representation to each client. Whether distracted driving was the cause of the accident or otherwise, the sooner you are able to discuss the matter with one of our attorneys, the sooner our attorneys can help you to determine your legal options and what actions to take to protect your rights.

Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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