Age, experience or gender notwithstanding, distracted driving can happen to anyone with a devastating outcome. A momentary shift of focus off the road can lead to a tragic accident with life-altering injuries and possible loss of lives.
If the negligence of the distracted driver results in your injuries and property damage, you need to pursue the liable party for damages. But how does distracted driving happen?
Here are the three leading causes of driver distractions in Georgia.
Operating a cell phone while driving
Texting, talking, reading your messages, checking the GPS app for directions or taking a selfie – all these are distractive activities that can lead to a car crash. In fact, the use of cell phones while driving is illegal in all 50 states.
As a rule of thumb, put your phone on silent mode before embarking on your journey. And if you have to make a call, pull over to a safe spot and do so before getting back on the road.
Everyone wants to look their best when stepping out in public. And this is understandable. However, your car isn’t the place to groom, and more so while driving. Applying makeup or putting one more touch on your eyebrow while driving can take your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to cause a serious accident. If you have to groom, be sure to pull over and do so at a safe spot or at the parking lot.
Drinking or eating
If you are in a hurry – like most people – you want to grab a bite whenever you can. However, eating or drinking while driving on the freeway is never the best of ideas. Even if you are caught up in traffic, do not eat and drive.
Driver distraction is a major problem on most Georgia roads. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests if you are hurt in a car accident that is attributable to someone else’s negligence.