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Why is Texting While Driving So Hazardous?

By Evan L. Kaine

Thirty-nine states plus the District of Columbia now have texting bans while driving. Georgia is one of the states with a texting ban for all drivers. If you suffer serious injury in a vehicle accident caused by a texting driver, find out how an attorney can protect your rights.

The University of Utah conducted a study where psychologists used a high-tech driving simulator to test drivers and evaluate their responses to traffic situations when texting and using cell phones. The study revealed valuable information that substantiated the dangers drivers face on the road while using cell phones and texting. Data from the study indicated the following:

  • Accidents by texting drivers were six times the number of accidents of non-texting drivers
  • Texting drivers pose more risk for accidents than drivers talking on cell phones
  • Texting drivers responded more slowly to cars braking in front of them
  • Drivers using cell phones divide their attention between the conversation and the road
  • Texting drivers focus most of their attention on texting with very little, if any, attention on driving during the moment they text
  • Reading text messages was more distracting to driving than composing text messages
  • Texting drivers tend to decrease the following distance between their car and other cars

When drivers violate Georgia’s texting ban law and cause an accident, their violation points to negligence, which can be used to prove fault in a car accident case. An car crash lawyer can investigate your accident and gather evidence to help you negotiate a settlement or obtain a verdict through trial.

Kaine Law works diligently to maximize our clients’ recoveries in car accident cases. To speak to an experienced lawyer, contact us today by phone at 404-214-2001 or via our online form. Hablamos Español.

Published April 17, 2013

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