Texting by Georgia Drivers Remains Serious Issue Despite Being Illegal


March 28, 2011

Texting while driving may be illegal in Georgia, but it appears a number of people have not gotten the memo yet. A survey of drivers revealed that many drivers observe others texting while driving or have done it themselves on occasion. The cold reality is that texting while driving endangers lives. There is no way that a driver can focus on his or her surroundings when one’s attention is on reading or writing the next text message in a text conversation.

Texting while driving creates a serious and unnecessary risk of causing a serious auto accident. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident as the result of another driver who was texting while driving, call Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. We will work hard to protect your rights and use our best efforts to obtain the compensation you deserve as part of our ongoing goal of being the best auto accident attorneys in Georgia.

While the numbers may vary, it is estimated that texting while driving likely causes more than 18,000 road fatalities each year. Public officials are in agreement that these numbers constitute a wake up call about the dangers of cellphone use while driving a motor vehicle. Both the American Journal of Public Health and the US Department of Transportation consider texting while driving (the new driving under the influence phenomenon) to be an epidemic because so many people with cellphones believe they can text and drive safely.

Texting while driving related accidents are tragic because they are the needless result of drivers who intentionally violate common sense principles and Georgia traffic laws. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent those injured or killed as a result of irresponsible people texting while driving throughout Georgia.

The statistics regarding fatalities caused by texting while driving are hard to pin down. While federal agencies labor to collect data on deaths caused by “distracted driving,” which includes anything from texting or talking on a cell phone to eating while driving, there is no perfect way to filter out the number of vehicle accidents caused by texting or cellphone use.

Potential signs of a person texting while driving include the following behaviors:

  • Swerving in and out of a lane
  • Attention focused downwards towards a driver’s lap
  • A cellphone held directly in the line of sight with thumbs moving rapidly back and forth

Many teenagers brag about being able to drive or otherwise multi-task while texting. The reality is that if someone is texting or driving they are visually, physically and mentally distracted. When a loved one is senselessly taken as a result of texting while driving––a lifetime of sorrow is sure to follow for the person who carries the heavy burden of being documented in a police report as the last person who texted the deceased. The bottom line is that texting while driving endangers lives. If someone you know has been seriously injured or killed by a careless and thoughtless driver in Georgia whose attention was diverted while texting or other distracted conduct, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, will seek the compensation you or your loved one deserve.

Montlick and Associates is available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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. No matter where you are located our Georgia reckless driving accident attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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