Smartphones are a leading contributor to distracted driving in the United States, and the consequences of using one behind the wheel can be devastating. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than eight traffic fatalities occur every day as a result of distracted driving, and an additional 1,161 people sustain injuries.
The Pew Research Center reports that in a survey among American teenagers between the ages 16 and 17 who own cell phones, 52 percent claimed to have talked on their phone while driving, and 34 percent admitted to texting while driving. Considering the fact that nearly 90 percent of teens who send a text or email expect to receive a reply within five minutes, it is no wonder they feel pressure to respond to their friends while driving.
Of course, teens are not the only ones who text and drive. Distracted driving is incredibly dangerous for motorists of all ages, and inattentive drivers who cause collisions are liable for the damages that any involved parties incur. If you were hurt by a distracted, drunk, or negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Attorney Robert Finnell can help you pursue the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta accident attorney from The Finnell Firm.
Although you have no control over other motorists on the road around you, you can reduce the risk of your teen getting into a collision by enforcing a "no texting while driving rule." Read on for a few tips for preventing distracted driving among the members of your family:
1. Lead by Example
If your teenager witnesses you texting and driving, he or she is unlikely to take you seriously when you advise against it. Lead by example, and put your phone away whenever you get behind the wheel.
2. Discuss the Consequences
Talk to your teen about the consequences of texting and driving. Even if it does not cause a catastrophic collision, your children need to know that texting while driving is illegal in Georgia, and if police catch them doing so, penalties include a fine and one point on their driving record.
3. Establish Your Own Consequences
Although it is illegal to text and drive in Georgia, people get away with doing it on a regular basis; however, just because police do not catch your teen texting and driving does not mean he or she should not face consequences at home. Devise a few reasonable consequences for distracted driving, and enforce them if you find out or witness your teen using a smartphone behind the wheel.
If you were hurt in an accident with a distracted driver, you may be able to secure compensation for the damages you incurred. Attorney Robert Finnell can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Mr. Finnell is a car accident lawyer in Atlanta with a reputation for tough litigation and a strategy for winning substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients. He will help you avoid costly mistakes such as making a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster or overlooking certain damages.
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