Distracted driving is a significant cause of accidents on Georgia’s roads, often leading to severe injuries or even fatalities. This type of driving involves any activity that takes attention away from safe vehicle operation. If you or a loved one have been affected by a distracted driving incident, Joshua E. Palmer can help you with your legal needs.

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving involves activities that divert a driver’s attention from the road. Such distractions can significantly impair reaction times, decision-making, and overall vehicle control, leading to increased risks of collisions. These distractions are categorized into three main types:

  • Visual Distractions: Taking eyes off the road to look at something else, like a GPS or a billboard.
  • Manual Distractions: Removing hands from the steering wheel, perhaps to adjust the radio, eat, or use a smartphone.
  • Cognitive Distractions: Allowing the mind to wander away from the task of driving, which can happen during phone conversations or when driving with distracting passengers.

Activities such as texting, using apps, and making phone calls impair reaction times, decision-making, and overall vehicle control, increasing the risk of collisions. In response, Georgia law strictly prohibits the use of all hand-held cell phones while driving, underlining the seriousness of distracted driving offenses and the state’s dedication to reducing such incidents on the roads.

The Risks of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is alarmingly dangerous. It is one of the top causes of road accidents in Georgia, often leading to severe injuries or deaths. For example, even a few seconds spent looking at a text message can result in a driver traveling the length of a football field virtually blindfolded at highway speeds. This high-risk behavior compromises not only the safety of the distracted driver but also that of other road users.

How Distracted Driving Affects Your Accident Claim

If you’re involved in a traffic accident while distracted, it can significantly affect your claim. In Georgia, the principle of comparative negligence means that your compensation may be reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if it’s determined that you were texting while driving, you could be deemed partially responsible for the incident. This can substantially decrease the settlement you might receive to cover damages and medical expenses. Understanding these implications is crucial, as any evidence of distracted driving can sway the outcome of your claim.

What You Should Do If Involved in a Distracted Driving Accident

If you’re involved in an accident where distracted driving may be a factor, taking immediate and appropriate steps is important. First, ensure the safety of all parties and call emergency services if needed. Document the scene by taking photos and gathering witness statements, as these can be vital for your case. Seek medical attention even if injuries are not immediately apparent, as some symptoms may appear later. Refrain from admitting fault or discussing the accident details with other drivers. Instead, contact a knowledgeable attorney who can effectively guide you through the legal processes.

Contact an Experienced Georgia Distracted Driver Attorney

At the Joshua E. Palmer Law Firm, we are dedicated to supporting victims of distracted driving accidents. We handle everything from negotiating with insurance companies to representing you in court, ensuring your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. Don’t face this challenge alone—contact us today for a free consultation, and let us help you move forward from this difficult time.