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Distracted Driving in Georgia: The Silent Road Terror

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As an experienced Georgia personal injury law firm, Jarrett & Price, we often encounter heartbreaking stories that begin with the mundane act of driving. You may have heard about these incidents as well, where an enjoyable car ride swiftly morphs into a devastating accident, forever changing the lives involved. Many of these tragedies share a common catalyst – distracted driving.

Distracted driving is fast becoming a silent road terror, with devastating impacts on Georgia’s roads. The convenience brought by technology can paradoxically pose dangers on the roadways, turning everyday conveniences into potential distractions.

Understanding Distracted Driving

“Distracted driving” encapsulates any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. This can include a multitude of actions – talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, chatting with other passengers, or operating the stereo, entertainment, or navigation system.

However, the most alarming among these is cellphone usage. Texting and driving are particularly concerning as this requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver – a lethal combination that significantly augments the chances of an accident.

The Impact of Distracted Driving

It’s easy to underestimate the gravity of distracted driving. After all, how much harm can a quick glance at the phone inflict, right? Well, the data is sobering. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2021 alone, 3,522 lives were lost to distracted driving in the U.S.

Specifically, in Georgia, distracted driving accidents are consistently increasing on Georgia roadways, and nationally. Our team at Jarrett & Price has witnessed this trend first-hand, representing countless victims of these preventable tragedies.

Georgia’s Stand Against Distracted Driving: The Hands-Free Law

To combat the menace of distracted driving, Georgia implemented the Hands-Free Law in 2018. This law prohibits drivers from physically holding or supporting a wireless telecommunications device or standalone electronic device while operating a vehicle.

Nevertheless, the existence of the law alone does not guarantee safety on the road. Compliance and enforcement are crucial. We, as drivers, bear the responsibility of fostering a culture of safe driving and minimizing distractions as much as possible.

Preventing Distracted Driving: Everyone’s Responsibility

Everyone has a role to play in curbing this problem. It starts with personal responsibility—resisting the urge to respond to that text, to skip to the next song, or to eat while driving. As parents and guardians, it’s vital to educate young drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

Businesses can also foster safer habits by implementing and enforcing company policies that discourage employees from using devices while driving. Legislation and law enforcement agencies can enhance the deterrence by increasing penalties and ensuring the laws are effectively enforced.

Jarrett & Price: Your Advocate in Times of Need

At Jarrett & Price, we are committed to assisting victims of this completely avoidable negligent act. Our clients who have been victims are often impacted with a lifetime of pain due to another driver’s refusal to wait to check their cell phone. Our team is dedicated to raising awareness about this issue, and we stand ready to support victims and their families navigate the aftermath of such an accident.

Remember, a second’s distraction can cause a lifetime of pain and regret. Don’t let a fleeting distraction change your life, or someone else’s, forever. Stay alert, stay safe.

If you or a loved one has been impacted by a distracted driving incident, do not hesitate to contact us at Jarrett & Price. We’re here to help, offering professional and empathetic assistance every step of the way. We will fight to help you and your loved ones recover from injuries caused by this silent terror plaguing our roadways.

Drive safe, Georgia.

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