At Jones & Swanson, our primary area of legal representation is automobile
accidents. When the driver or passengers of a motor vehicle are injured
due to another vehicle’s negligence, we believe the responsible
party should be held liable.
Many times, these automobile and tractor trailer crashes occur because
a driver was operating a vehicle while distracted. Driving distracted
is one of the highest causes of Georgia auto accidents, mainly because
there are so many actions that fall into the “distracted driving”
category. For instance, text messaging or talking on the phone is a form
of distracted driving. Eating or changing the radio station can also be
forms of distracted driving. Because of technological advancements in
recent years, there are a variety of methods that a driver can be distracted
by while operating a vehicle.
An action not commonly thought of as dangerous while driving is using headphones
or earbuds while behind the wheel of an automobile. Some drivers use earbuds/headphones
to listen to music while driving. Others use them as Bluetooth devices
to talk on the phone while operating a vehicle, as it allows their concentration
to remain on the roadway if they do not have to look at their cellphones.
IN many states, the use of headphones and earbuds while driving is not
regulated or prohibited. In Georgia, however,
Ga. Code § 40-6-250 states that any device that impairs hearing or vision is prohibited while
operating a motor vehicle. The statute exempts earbuds or headsets that
are used for purposes of communicating. Essentially, the statute is meant
to protect Georgia roadways from drivers who cannot hear what is going
on around them. For instance, drivers should be able to hear the honking
of other vehicles’ horns in the event of an emergency. They should
also be able to hear sirens of approaching emergency vehicles so that
they can clear the way. There are a variety of instances in which it is
imperative that a Georgia driver be able to hear their surroundings. Even
bicyclists and pedestrians should think twice before traveling with earbuds
or headphones that prevent hearing the environment around them. The ability
to hear approaching motor vehicles may be the only prevention to a serious,
life-threatening bicycle or pedestrian accident.
Because we deal with victims of Georgia auto accidents every day, we understand
the importance of Georgia roadway safety. It only takes an instant of
distraction to cause a serious accident that could change the lives involved
tragically. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of
another person’s negligence in a Georgia car accident, contact the
injury lawyers at Jones & Swanson today for a free consultation.