What Are the Consequences of Texting and Driving in Atlanta?

texting and driving

Texting and driving are risk behaviors exhibited by drivers of all ages in Atlanta and the United States. It amounts to distracted driving, a menace that the CDC says kills about eight people daily in the U.S.  Distraction is anything that takes your attention away from the task of driving, and texting sits top of the list.

Unfortunately, though, the evil posed by texting and driving and the effect has not stopped Atlanta motorists from carrying out the act. It also shows that there is a need for more education on the dangers of operating a car and a cell phone simultaneously. To this end, our Atlanta texting and driving lawyers discuss the result of texting and driving. If a distracted driver causes an accident you’re involved in, contact us at The Weinstein Firm immediately.

How Big Is the Problem?

Distracted driving is deadly. It endangers not only the life of the distracted driver but also that of other road users. A driver who drives distracted fails to uphold the duty of care they owe other people on the roadway. Thus, when a driver texts and drives, they breach this duty and commit a civil road.

Texting and driving have become a bigger problem since the introduction of smartphones. According to the U.S Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9% of fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2019 involved a distracted driver. The agency also notes that between 2012 and 2019, approximately 26,000 plus people died in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Since phone usage played a critical role in these accidents, the agency introduced the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” campaign. The campaign makes it illegal to text while driving and encourages states to enforce anti-texting laws while reminding drivers of the dangers. In conclusion, rather than texting and driving, the NHTSA recommends the following:

  • Pullover to a safe location and park your car first if you must send or receive a text
  • If you are traveling with passengers, appoint a “designated texter” to send and respond to all your texts
  • Keep your phone in the trunk or somewhere unreachable if you cannot resist the temptation to look at it

What Happens When You Text and Drive?

The problem with distractions is that it takes a person’s attention off the road. Texting and driving are more dangerous than other acts of distraction. This is because it involves the three types of distracted driving: visual, manual, and cognitive. Texting involves looking at the phone screen (visual), using your hands to write the message (manual), and using your brain to compose what to write (cognitive or mental).

While doing this, you can miss critical events happening on the road, like a driver making a turn on the road or the traffic light turning red. You could also miss seeing objects on the roadway or a person or animal who suddenly runs in front of your car. On average, you take your eyes off the road for five seconds while you text.

This reduces your reaction time in the event of an accident. Furthermore, using a cell phone when driving makes you four times more likely to get in an accident. This is even worse among teenagers, as most teen drivers crash when they are either texting, talking, or engaged in other forms of distractions.

So, ultimately, texting while driving would result in a traffic accident. This accident, in turn, could cause injuries and death. Consequently, the distracted driver goes from sending a message to facing both criminal and civil actions. If convicted of a criminal charge, the driver might spend time in jail.

Such conviction would also serve as evidence in a civil action for compensation. Thus, just because a person already got sentenced to jail doesn’t mean they will not compensate the accident victim for their injury and financial losses. So, ultimately, texting while driving has severe consequences, albeit easily avoidable.

Were You Involved in a Texting and Driving Accident? Contact The Weinstein Firm Now!

Proving any act of distracted driving is not easy and requires the expertise of a knowledgeable and experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer. This is what we offer you at The Weinstein Firm. You get a team of legal experts with decades of combined experience at your service by working with us.

We have successfully helped several Atlanta car accident victims win distracted driving cases, and are confident we can do the same for you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis.

Latest Posts

The Statute of Limitations for Georgia Car Accident Claims
Negotiating with Insurance Adjusters After a Crash
Understanding Liability in Uber Accidents: Who’s Responsible?
What Happens to Your Body in a Truck Crash
Get the compensation
you deserve $$$

Local Auto Accidents

  • Atlanta
  • Conyers
  • Decatur
  • Kennesaw
  • Lawrenceville
  • Morrow
  • Watkinsville

2 killed in Rockdale County multi-vehicle crash, sheriff’s office says  Atlanta News First [...]

Multiple crew members injured in crash on Georgia set of Eddie Murphy movie  FOX 5 Atlanta [...]

Best Divorce Lawyers Atlanta, GA Of 2024 – Forbes Advisor  Forbes [...]

Chase leads to serious crash that left 3 injured in southwest Atlanta  Atlanta News First [...]

Atlanta traffic: Crash on I-75 south in Forest Park near airport  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Car crashes into Decatur home's living room; intersection called dangerous  Herald & Review [...]

Deadly Miller Rd/Covington Hwy crash: DeKalb Police  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

1 dead in overnight Decatur car crash, police say  Atlanta News First [...]

16-year-old student dies in crash, marking Lakeside High's fifth traffic fatality this school year  Decaturish.com [...]

3 Dead In Fiery South Fulton Crash Involving Slingshot: Reports  Patch [...]

Construction accident claims life of Watkinsville company employee  Online Athens [...]

Watkinsville, GA - Fatal Pickup Collision on GA HWY 53 & Snows Mill Rd  Local Accident Reports [...]

Two pickups crash killing woman and injuring four other people  Online Athens [...]

Truck driver killed, 3 others injured in related traffic accidents, Athens police say  Atlanta News First [...]

Watkinsville man killed following truck crash on Commerce Road  Online Athens [...]

Clayton County: Stolen ambulance chase leads to crash near Tara Boulevard, Dixon Road  FOX 5 Atlanta [...]

Four killed after wrong-way driver crashes into car on Morrow County highway  Yahoo! Voices [...]

18-Wheeler Accident Injury  Attorney Ken Nugent [...]

Teenage car break-in suspect in Gwinnett County struck by vehicle  FOX 5 Atlanta [...]

Teen caught breaking into cars runs, gets hit by a car and critically injured, police say  WSB Atlanta [...]

'No words for this hurt' | Bartow County father, mother and 2 sons killed after crash on I-75. They were on their way ...  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Cobb County news car crashes into family home Kennesaw/Acworth | 11alive.com  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

“Thank God we’re still alive”: Suspected drunk driver crashes into 2 homes  WSB Atlanta [...]

Car takes off from traffic stop, crashes into 2 houses in Cobb County  Atlanta News First [...]

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash on Macland Road in Cobb County  Cobb County Courier [...]

GDOT: I75 crash in Henry County, all lanes closed  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Woman killed in Henry wreck that shut down I-75 South for hours   The Atlanta Journal Constitution [...]

Driver in deadly Peachtree Corners high-speed crash charged with murder  FOX 5 Atlanta [...]

Breaking: Gwinnett PD seeks witnesses in 2 crashes resulting in 4 fatalities, including 2 children  Monroe Local News [...]

4 Dead, At Least 3 Injured In 2 Gwinnett Co. Crashes  Patch [...]

Russell Jacoby Obituary - PA  The Morning Call [...]

Who Has the Cheapest Car Insurance Quotes in Georgia in 2024?  ValuePenguin [...]

2 killed in motorcycle crash on I-20 in Rockdale County  WSB Atlanta [...]

2 killed in Rockdale County multi-vehicle crash, sheriff’s office says  Atlanta News First [...]

I285 DeKalb Co, crash; all lanes closed: GDOT  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Free Case Review
Weinstein law firm logo
Let's get started with your FREE consultation