Understanding Georgia Laws Regarding Texting While Driving


October 27, 2017

Understanding Georgia Laws Regarding Texting While Driving 

What You Should Know

Most, if not all states have laws that prohibit texting, and even hand-held phones in general, while driving.  In Georgia, texting while driving has been illegal for nearly seven years.  However, using handheld phones is only illegal for individuals under the age of 18.  Regardless of whether using hand-held phones is legal or not for adults, it can still be a distracting habit that increases the chance that an accident can happen.

While we all know just how distracting smart phones can be, many of us still use them while driving.  It is not necessarily only the phone itself that is distracting the conversation a driver is having over the phone as well.  Nearly ten years ago, a survey found that approximately 35% of all drivers in the Atlanta area admitted to texting while driving.  It is amazing to think that people have all been able to text for nearly a decade, but when they do while driving, they endanger not only their own lives, but those of others as well.

Even with the numerous accidents happening over the past decade that involve the use of cell phones, texting, and distractions in general, accidents continue to happen with distraction being a significant contributing factor.  As such, all drivers and passengers need to make a significant attempt to learn to drive without using a cell phone, whether that be talking on the phone or texting.  

Because our smart phones allow us to do so many things, they can, as a result, become addicting.  When driving, many people feel like they are missing out if we hear that a text has come in, or that someone has called.  Some companies, such as Apple in its recent iPhone update, have implemented security features on phones to lock up when it detects that it is traveling in a vehicle.  Such innovation is a step in the right direction to combatting one of the most common causes of car accidents.

Texting while driving is an activity that is likely to be deemed negligent if an accident results.  Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates encounter this phenomenon in our cases on a regular basis when fighting for our injured clients's rights to compensation.  We also understand the significant hardship of injured victims and their families, who have to endure costly medical care, lost income, disability, and Pain and Suffering.  If you have been injured, or have tragically lost a family member in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, call our attorneys today to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

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Contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation to learn about you legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three 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. Our auto accident injury lawyers in Georgia have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty-three years.

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Source: http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/highway-safety/texting-laws/

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