Distracted driving can cause serious and deadly accidents in Georgia, which is why victims of distracted driving accidents should be familiar with the legal resources available to help them when they are harmed. Distracted driving is dangerous behavior that can be considered negligent behavior that distracted drivers may be liable for.
Distracted drivers may be liable to compensate victims for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have caused them in a distracted driving accident. The consequences of distracted driving accidents are real. In the United States, 9 victims are killed and 1,000 are injured each day in distracted driving-related car accidents. Victims of distracted drivers may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages from the driver responsible for their crash.
Distracted driving includes any activity that removes the driver’s attention and focus from the roadway. There are three main categories of distracted driving including cognitive distraction; manual distraction; and visual distraction. Cognitive distraction includes the driver taking their mind off driving; manual distraction includes the driver taking their hands off the wheel; and visual distraction includes the driver taking their eyes off the roadway.
Distracted driving includes using a cell phone while driving; operating a radio or navigation device while driving; reading while driving; grooming while driving; and texting while driving. Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous distracted driving behavior because it combines all three types of distracted driving. Distracted driving is dangerous and can cause harm to victims of distracted driving accidents.