According to the CDC, approximately nine people are killed and over 1,000 are injured each day in the United States because of car crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2015 alone 3,477 lives were lost and 391,000 people were injured in United States automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.
Georgia has not yet banned the use of hand-held phone use, but 14 states and the District of Columbia have. Georgia does have a law prohibiting texting while driving, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241.2, which includes a ban on sending or reading any type of text message, instant message, e-mail, or internet data.
In addition to that specific statute on sending and receiving texts or internet data, Georgia has a catch-all distracted driving statute, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241, which requires drivers to use "due care" while operating a motor vehicle. That statute prohibits drivers from engaging in any actions which shall distract a driver from the safe operation of her vehicle, with an exception for proper use of radio, citizens band radio, mobile telephone (for calling only, not for texting, reading internet data, etc.), or amateur or ham radio. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241 applies to activities that distract drivers such as eating, putting on makeup, rubber-necking, turning around to discipline children, or any number of activities that can distract people from driving safely.
All Georgia drivers should try to remember that when motor vehicles are used unsafely they become two-ton deadly weapons. If you or a loved one have been killed or injured in an automobile wreck and would like to speak with a Georgia personal injury lawyer please contact Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation today.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.