In the state of Georgia, distracted driving accidents continue to be a major cause of serious motor vehicle accidents. These accidents often result in catastrophic injury or even death to drivers and passengers alike. Distracted driving can take many forms, but in every case distracted driving constitutes a form of negligence that can be the basis for a personal injury lawsuit to compensate you for the injuries you have suffered.
Georgia Legislation to Prevent Distracted Driving
Georgia enacted legislation in 2018 to help curb the issue of distracted driving. Often called the "Hands-Free" act, it prohibits the use of certain electronic devices while behind the wheel. The list of prohibited items includes:
- cellular telephones
- portable telephones
- text messaging devices
- personal digital assistants
- standalone computers
- GPS receivers
- wearable devices (i.e., smartwatches)
- MP3 players
- video players
Certain things are specifically exempted for the statute, including:
- citizens band radios
- commercial two-way radios
- subscription-based emergency communication
- prescribed medical devices
- amateur or ham radio devices
- vehicle security devices
- navigation devices
- remote diagnostic systems
This act is designed to help prevent future accidents in the state of Georgia by providing law enforcement a deterrent power, rather than having to wait and punish the distracted driving after an accident has occurred.
Other Types of Distracted Driving
Not all types of distracted driving involve a violation of the Georgia Hands-Free act. Many can be just as distracting, and when they occur can be considered sufficient negligence to cause liability in a personal injury lawsuit. These include, but are not limited to:
- dealing with kids in the backseat
- fiddling with the radio
- looking for music, sorting CDs, shuffling through music on a device
- looking at billboards or other advertisements
- looking at an attractive person on the sidewalk
- distracted by accidents on the side of the road
- looking at flashing lights from emergency vehicles
- eating or drinking while driving
The types of things listed above are not illegal necessarily, but when they cause a driver to be unable to safely operate his or her motor vehicle, they can be the basis for liability in a personal injury lawsuit. When this is the case, you can hold the distracted driver responsible for the injuries you suffered.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
If you suffered injuries or property damage after an accident, you are entitled to financial compensation for those damages. You can be compensated for:
- past medical expenses
- future medical expenses
- costs of rehabilitation services
- lost time off work
- lost future earning capacity
- pain and suffering
- punitive damages (in certain situations)
With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can recover financial compensation to get your life back on track.
Consult an Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
At The Kaplan Firm, PC, our personal injury attorneys have decades of experience fighting for our clients against distracted drivers and their insurance companies. We work on a contingency basis and will never collect any fees until you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today at our Roswell, Georgia location for a free initial consultation.