It’s Driving Me to Distraction: What Constitutes Distracted Driving in Georgia.

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After speeding and drunk driving, what is the third leading cause of deaths in car crashes across America?

Give up?

It’s distracted driving.

According to the AAA, car crashes caused by distracted driving have become a national epidemic. (Not a pandemic, an epidemic.)

What is Distracted Driving?

But what, exactly, is distracted driving? Everyone would agree that texting while driving is considered distracted driving, and while texting while driving does contribute to a significant number of car crashes, it is not the only type of “distracted driving” out there.

Distracted driving includes (is not limited to) things like:

  • Eating or drinking (coffee etc.) while driving
  • Putting on lipstick
  • Talking on the cell phone
  • Smoking
  • changing the radio

And, probably most importantly of all,

  • Being “lost in thought.”

According to statistics, 62% of all car accident fatalities are caused when the driver’s mind simply “wandered away from driving.”

Georgia’s Distracted Driving Laws.

In Georgia, it is illegal to write, send, or read a text messages while driving. And that includes sending/reading emails and internet data. It is also illegal to watch videos, movies or to record or broadcast a video while driving.

When it comes to cellphones, you are not allowed to “physically hold or support, with any part of his or her body” a “wireless telecommunication” or “stand-alone electronic” device while operating a vehicle. This is not limited only to cellphones but applies to many other electronic devices. Basically, you are only allowed to use hands-free devices while driving.

All distracted driving violations are misdemeanors in Georgia. But depending on your driving record, other penalties could apply.

The most important thing to remember, however, is to keep your mind and attention on the road. Distracted driving, like drunk driving, kills or injures thousands of people every day. Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Cumming, Georgia.

The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Weinstein, P.C., are here to help you.  We serve clients in Atlanta, and in a number of counties throughout Georgia, including Clayton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County, Douglas County, Fulton County, and Paulding County, among others.  To find out how we can help you, call us at 770-888-7707. Or contact us here.

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