What Is Distracted Driving in Winston?

distracted driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 38,000 people die yearly in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. These accidents happen due to several negligent acts of drivers and other road users. A typical example of driver’s negligence is distracted driving.

Driving while distracted has slowly become a menace on Winston road and other parts of Georgia. The problem is compounded in this era of smartphones, where people are constantly texting or checking their social media feeds for the latest trends. Our Winston auto accident lawyers delve into what amounts to distracted driving under Georgia law in this article. In addition, if a distracted driver causes an accident you’re involved in, our attorneys at The Weinstein Firm can help you get maximum compensation.

What Is Distracted Driving Under Georgia Law? 

It is illegal to drive while distracted in Georgia, and it is a ground for fault in a car accident. Distracted driving simply means focusing your attention on another task other than driving. The preceding definition is restrictive as distracted driving has to do with more than focusing on another task.

Going by the provisions of the Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A) section 40-6-241, distracted driving covers anything that takes your mind off the road. For this reason, Georgia and the CDC identified three types of distractions, namely visual, manual, cognitive.

Visual Distractions 

Visual distractions mean looking away from the road at something else or having something else in your line of sight. An excellent example is having a front passenger call your attention away to something on their phone or looking at billboards on the road’s side for too long.

Manual Distractions

Manual distractions mean fiddling with something or using your hands for something other than driving. Eating, searching for things in your car, texting are excellent examples.

Cognitive Distractions

Cognitive or mental distractions have to do with mentally focusing on something other than driving. For instance, being lost in thought or engaging in a heated discussion on a headset amounts to cognitive distraction.

Under Georgia law, the following are examples of distracted driving:

  • Sending emails on a cell phone
  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone, whether or not you’re using a hands-free device
  • Watching movies on portable DVD players or tablets
  • Leaning over to pick an object
  • Adjusting radio settings
  • Looking over to check on children in the backseat
  • Eating while driving
  • Reading maps or printed directions
  • Talking to other passengers in the vehicle
  • Applying makeup, etc.

How Big Is the Problem of Distracted Driving? 

According to the CDC, at 55 miles per hour, sending or reading a text is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. The center also notes that eight people die in crashes reportedly involving a distracted driver every day in the United States. In 2018, over 2,800 people died, with an estimated 400,000 injured in accidents caused by distracted driving. About 1 in 5 of those killed were outside a vehicle, either walking or riding their bikes.

The above data shows how big the problem of distracted driving is and why motorists must keep their eyes and minds on the road. Drivers who drive distracted put themselves and other people at risk. When an accident happens, they are liable to pay compensation for the harm they caused.

How Easy Is It To Prove Distracted Driving? 

Proving that a driver was distracted when they collided with your car or property is not easy. This is because you might not even have noticed that the driver was distracted and may not have proof. So, it becomes your word against theirs in the absence of evidence.

However, the job of proving fault would be easier when you work with a Winston car accident lawyer. The attorney will help you do the following:

  • Subpoena the other driver’s phone record to check their activity at the crash time
  • Interview witnesses to determine if anyone saw what the other driver was doing before the crash
  • Request video footage from nearby security cameras
  • Examine the other driver’s vehicle interior to see what they were up to before the accident, perhaps they were eating
  • Question the other driver on oath during a deposition

Contact Us Today!

At The Weinstein Firm, we understand all too well the dangers of distracted driving. This is why we dedicate our time and resources to helping accident victims get the compensation they deserve. Our Winston car accident lawyers have won millions of dollars for our client and will like to add you to our success story. Contact us today to learn how we can help you during a free case review.

Latest Posts

How to Navigate Legal Action after a Bicycle Accident
Are You Always at Fault if You Hit Someone from Behind?
Can You File a Police Report Days After an Auto Accident in Georgia?
The Importance of the Police Report in a Car Accident Claim
Get the compensation
you deserve $$$

Local Auto Accidents

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

One dead after crash in Atlanta, police say  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Memorial Day weekend Georgia drownings, car accidents  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Victims of Sunday's multi-vehicle crash on I-75 in Bartow County identified  FOX 5 Atlanta [...]

Community stunned after 4 dead, 6 injured in I-75 crash in Bartow County  Atlanta News First [...]

4 dead, 5 injured after multi-vehicle crash on I-75 in Bartow County  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Best Cheap Car Insurance Rates in Georgia (as low as $42/mo)  ValuePenguin [...]

2 men found dead a half-mile apart along Candler Road, Rainbow Drive  FOX 5 Atlanta [...]

Child, 3 Adults Dead In Fiery GA Wrong-Way Crash Identified: GSP  Patch [...]

Crash at notorious Decatur intersection sends three to the hospital  Decaturish.com [...]

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

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

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

Athens man killed in vehicle vs pedestrian accident on Commerce Road  WGAU [...]

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 [...]

Miracle Trudestiny Morrow killed in Birmingham crash  The Legal Advocate [...]

3 dead after driver flees from GA police, crashes vehicle as car goes up in flames  WSB Atlanta [...]

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

GDOT: I75 crash in Clayton County; lanes blocked  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Four killed after wrong-way driver crashes into car on Morrow County highway  NBC4 WCMH-TV [...]

Drivers Allegedly Racing to Car Meet Wreck Each Other in 8-Car Pileup  The Drive [...]

8 Sports Cars Allegedly Racing Each Other Pile Up In Georgia Highway Crash  CarScoops [...]

Community stunned after 4 dead, 6 injured in I-75 crash in Bartow County  Atlanta News First [...]

Bartow County crash: Kennesaw State University student killed  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

5 killed in Bartow County I-75 crash identified: coroner  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

One dead after crash in Atlanta, police say  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 [...]

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

Lawmakers consider banning speed cameras in Ga., one metro Atlanta county fights to keep them  WSB Atlanta [...]

Best Cheap Car Insurance Rates in Georgia (as low as $42/mo)  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 [...]

I-20 deadly crash in Conyers, GSP says  11Alive.com WXIA [...]

Free Case Review
Weinstein law firm logo
Let's get started with your FREE consultation
Weinstein law firm logo
Injured in an Accident? You Want the Best!

When it comes to personal injury cases, time isn't always on your side. Contact us today and see why all of our clients say Weinstein Wins!

Let us fight for your rights and get you the maximum compensation you deserve!