Distracted drivers in Georgia are a danger to themselves, other motorists, passengers, bikers and pedestrians. Just about anyone can fall victim to one. Here are some common causes of this hazardous activity.
Using a cell phone while driving
There are hands-free options for using a cell phone while driving. But some drivers insist on holding their phones while talking and texting. Taking even a second to read a text or answer a call can distract you long enough to cause an accident. Every year, hundreds of Georgia residents file personal injury claims for compensation after a distracted driving accident.
Eating and drinking
If you focus on eating and drinking while driving, that means you’re not paying attention to the road in front of you. No matter how hungry you are, stop driving before eating or drinking. You might think it’s perfectly safe to reach into a bag and grab a French fry or bite of a burger. But you’re wrong. Driving while distracted can result in an accident, even if you think you’re paying attention and have everything under control.
Talking to a passenger
Totally ignoring a passenger in your car might sound rude. But engaging in constant conversation while driving is a common cause of distracted driving. Anything that takes your mind off of the task at hand is a potential threat. If you must talk and drive, keep the conversation to a minimum. Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Compensation for distracted driving injuries
If a distracted driver hurt you in an accident, you might have grounds to file a personal injury claim. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit.