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Augusta Texting While Driving Accident Attorneys

It seems like an obviously dangerous thing to do, yet people continue to text while they drive, confident they will not cause an accident. Studies suggest that texting, because it requires us to look away from the road, lengthens our reaction time by as much as 300 percent. Anyone who has ever hit the brakes at an intersection knows how important reaction time is.

Georgia Distracted Driver Injury Lawyer

In truth, texting while driving is just one of the many ways people drive distracted. Other dangerous behaviors include:

Talking on the cellphone

Changing stations or CDs

Listening to headphones

Wolfing down a value meal

Arguing with a passenger

Neglecting car maintenance

Failing to use turn signals




Georgia Enforces Strict Cellphone Laws

Note: Texting while driving is illegal. Georgia law prohibits drivers from using a cellphone, PDA, laptop or pad while driving. No text messages, instant messages, e-mail or Internet downloading is allowed. The only exceptions are for emergency personnel and drivers responding to emergencies. If you must text, pull over and park.

If you or someone you care about has been injured because the other driver was "distracted," you should be compensated for your injuries and losses. It is intolerable that boneheaded behavior like this puts innocent people in the hospital or into the grave.

Texting and Other Distractions

Accidents Caused by Texting and Other Types of Distractions

Texting while driving is dangerous. In fact, research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that drivers who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds they are testing. At 55 mpg, this means that a driver travels over 100 yards without looking at the road. While this is dangerous in any vehicle, it is even more dangerous in a tractor-trailer which weighs over 10,000 pounds. Unfortunately, many injuries and deaths occur each year as a result of drivers who take their eyes off the road while texting. When this happens, you should consult an accident attorney at the Augusta, Georgia office of Wall Ellison LLC to learn more about your right to bring a claim or file a lawsuit against the driver for negligence.

Recent regulations have been passed to curb this dangerous conduct. On January 26, 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation enacted DOT 14-10 which prohibits truck and bus drivers from sending text messages while driving. This prohibition is effective immediately and applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Truck and bus drivers caught violating this rule may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. For more information concerning federal laws and regulations against texting and other driving distractions, go to www.distraction.gov.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver who was texting or otherwise distracted while operating his tractor-trailer, you should contact one of the accident attorneys at Wall Ellison LLC at 706-722-0768 for a free initial consultation. We have years of experience handling accident cases and will fight hard to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.

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