Distracted driving is a leading cause of vehicle accidents. Texting while driving is one of the most hazardous examples of distracted driving activity.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reports that sending or reading a text for 5 seconds at 55 mph is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. In 2019, motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers killed over 3,000 people.
Distracted driving laws in Georgia
The Hands-Free Georgia Law applies to all drivers operating a motor vehicle in Georgia. Prohibited actions while driving include:
- Holding a wireless telecommunications device
- Any text-based communication
- Watching a video or movie
Distracted driving violations are misdemeanor offenses in Georgia. However, a texting violation may result in a reckless driving conviction or vehicular homicide charges if a violation causes the death of another person.
Distracted driving public awareness
NHTSA is a national leader of safe driving advocacy. NHTSA’s campaigns and public service announcements educate Americans about the dangers of texting and driving. NHTSA partners with the states and local police to enforce distracted driving laws. During April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHSA produced a national advertising campaign that enlisted the cooperation of law enforcement called “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”
Georgia law protects your rights if a distracted driver causes an accident resulting in serious injury. Knowing the facts about distracted driving and its consequences will help you to understand your options, including compensation to enable you to safeguard your well-being and future security.