Distracted driving accidents injure thousands of Georgia residents each year. Some drivers improve their behavior after a near-miss collision. Other drivers learn the hard way after injuring a motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist. If a distracted driver injured you, you should contact an Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer.
The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers have successfully represented distracted driving victims for decades. We’ll deliver the best customer service and the greatest result. Our prior victories and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got the answers.
Distracted Drivers on Georgia Roads
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are 400,000 distracted driving accidents each year in the United States. Many of those collisions cause fatal injuries.
Distracted driving collisions are increasingly frequent in Georgia. In fact, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reported a 34 percent rise in fatal accidents between 2014 and 2016.
As a result, the Georgia state legislature passed the Georgia Hands-Free Law. Now, drivers cannot:
- Hold or support, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
- Write, send or read any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
- Watch, record, or broadcast a video or movie.
Common Distracted Driving Accidents
Everyone agrees that drivers must keep their eyes on the road. However, some drivers are easily distracted. Here are some of the most common distractions that cause car accidents:
- Cell phone use – The National Safety Council reports that 13.9% of fatal car accidents in 2018 involved cell phone usage. A car can travel well over 100 feet in 2-3 seconds while a driver reads a text message.
- Vehicle control adjustments – Drivers should adjust their seats, pick a radio station, and input GPS coordinates before they hit the road.
- Chatting with passengers – Drivers often take their eyes off the road when they chat with passengers. That’s dangerous. Drivers should minimally converse and always keep their eyes on the road.
- Eating and drinking – Drivers may lose control of the steering wheel when they reach for food or drink containers. Food and drink spills are also distracting.
- Applying makeup – Some drivers apply make-up while driving. That’s a bad idea. Drivers lose a free hand when they apply make-up. They also take their eyes off of the road to look at the mirror.
Call A Lawyer If A Distracted Driver Hit You
Many people ask us, “what should I do right after the collision?” First, you should 9-1-1. Then, you should call an Atlanta car accident lawyer. Here’s how we can help:
- Police interactions – Sometimes the police officer doesn’t issue a distracted driving citation to the liable driver. That’s ok. We’ll subpoena the driver’s cell phone records and determine whether the driver used a mobile device right before the collision. If so, we’ll produce that information to the police officer and ask the officer to amend their report.
- Medical care referrals – You might not have health insurance. That’s fine. We’ll refer you to great medical providers that’ll treat your injuries on a lien basis. That means you don’t have to pay them until your case settles.
- Settlement negotiation – Don’t negotiate your claim on your own. The insurance adjuster will low-ball you. Let us handle the negotiations. We’ll make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
- Winning in court – If the insurance adjuster won’t offer you fair compensation, we’ll take your case to court. You’re in good hands with us. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers have won millions at trial, including a $15,000,000 jury verdict in 2016 that was upheld on appeal.
Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Distracted drivers cause far too many car accidents in Atlanta. If you were injured by a distracted driver, you deserve justice. Our Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyers at Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers will help you prove your case.
Contact us to speak with a skilled Atlanta injury lawyer about your case. Call our office at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may contact us online to schedule a free case review.