Many metro-Atlanta cities have made headlines lately for attempting to pass ordinances making texting and driving laws stricter. For instance, Villa Rica attempted to pass a bill that would make distracted driving a much worse offense than it currently is. As we reported in September, that bill was rejected, but many other cities continue to introduce new laws to prevent Georgia car accidents.
Texting and driving has been against the law in Georgia for quite some time now. This is due to it being a common cause of metro-Atlanta auto accidents. In fact, a police officer was hospitalized in Albany this month after his police cruiser was hit by a 22 year old girl while checking for text messages on her phone. The 44 year officer was hospitalized, treated, and released. The girl’s vehicle also struck another parked car after hitting the cruiser.
These types of accidents are common in Georgia. Thankfully, this incident caused only minor injuries. Many Atlanta wrongful deaths can be attributed to a driver using their cell phone while operating the vehicle. In 2010, testing while driving became illegal. This includes texting, emailing, surfing the web, or any other distracting act. A vehicle must be legally parked before the driver can use their cell phone. Studies show that drivers are three times more likely to cause a traffic accident when using a cell phone behind the wheel. In 2008, roughly 6,000 deaths occurred in car accidents involving driving while distracted.
The attorneys at Jones & Swanson have been representing victims of auto accidents for many years. Our experience representing car wreck victims throughout the years has yielded many caused by texting while driving. Instead of paying attention to the road and drivers around them, many who operate vehicles will become distracted by their telephones. It is impossible to text, email, or surf the web and pay the necessary attention to the road at the same time. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stop citizens throughout Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Johns Creek, Woodstock, and Smyrna from continuing to operate their phones while driving. If you or someone you know have been seriously injured in a Marietta auto accident due to the negligence of another driver who was texting and driving, contact our office today. We have vast experience representing Georgia car accident victims that were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Your medical bills and living expenses can add up quickly, so we understand the need for emotional and financial compensation when involved in a serious Georgia car wreck. It wasn’t your fault, so you shouldn’t have to suffer. Our attorneys and staff are available via our online form at all times, and by phone throughout the day at (770) 427-5498. Contact us for a free consultation and affordable representation today.