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Distracted driving convictions increase in Georgia

Distracted driving is a danger on Georgia's roadways. From 2017 to 2018 distracted driving convictions in Georgia greater than doubled. During that time period, distracted driving convictions increased by nearly 11,000 convictions. The hands-free driving law in Georgia that went into effect last year is not limited to texting while driving. The distracted driving law now extends to prohibit drivers from holding a cell phone in their hands while driving or having a cell phone touching any part of their body while driving.

Legal help for victims of distracted drivers

Victims of distracted drivers can suffer a host of serious injuries that may result in disability or worse. When a victim has suffered injuries in a distracted driving-related car accident, they need to be familiar with where they can turn including personal injury legal protections which can help with medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Fewer distracted driving-related fatalities in Georgia

Victims of distracted drivers have to be familiar with legal protections available to them. Georgia's hands-free phone law went into effect over the past year and the number of fatal accidents has also dropped during the past year. The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety reported that fatal accidents were down six percent during 2018. The drop translates into 92 fewer victims of fatal accidents than the previous year. Last year was on track to be the first year Georgia saw fewer than 1,500 fatalities in four years.

Distracted drivers taking innocent lives

The worst motor vehicle accidents are those that claim young lives. A series of car wrecks at school bus stops in the past few days has caught the nation’s attention and focused it on the dangers of distracted driving. Five early-morning car crashes – including one not far from Valdosta – have claimed five young lives and left six other children hospitalized.

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