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Distracted driving: Problematic on many Georgia roadways

When you head out to work each day or make plans to meet your friends at a local pub for some good food and fun on a weekend, you may not think much of getting behind the wheel of your car to drive to wherever you're going. After all, you drive all the time and it's really not that big a deal, or is it? 

We don't always think about the dangers that might be lurking on a Georgia roadway when we set out to travel to a particular destination. However, certain issues, such as if there happens to be a distracted driver nearby, can not only prevent us from safely reaching our destination but can cause our lives to forever change in an instant. That's why it is critical to understand the dangers of distracted driving and to know where to seek support if someone causes a collision that results in your injury. 

Driving behaviors that often lead to collision 

If you aren't sure how to get to a particular driving destination, is it bad to use a GPS device? The answer is that it is not necessarily a problem, especially if you program your device before starting your car. However, GPS devices and other issues can, in fact, pose distraction problems for drivers. The following list includes additional driving distractions that place you at risk for collision

  • In addition to adjusting a GPS device, other manual distractions are dangerous as well, such as adjusting radio knobs, lighting a cigarette, or eating and drinking while driving.
  • Drivers who text at the wheel often cause fatal accidents in Georgia and elsewhere. This is why many states have laws prohibiting use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. 
  • Passengers in a vehicle can distract drivers. If a driver is turning around to interact with someone in the back seat or is simply more focused on conversation or something happening among those riding in the car, instead of keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, it is a recipe for disaster. 
  • Looking at an object or unfolding event at the side of a road while driving also increases the risk for collision.  

While you may do your best to adhere to traffic safety laws and to stay focused on the task at hand when you drive, there is no guarantee that every driver with whom you are sharing the road is going to do the same.  

If you become a victim of another driver's negligence 

Suffering an injury because someone made the irresponsible choice to text and drive is a tragic and often frustrating situation. Depending on the severity of your injury, the weeks and months that follow your accident may include repeated doctor visits, time off work and other complications. That's why Georgia law allows victims of motor vehicle accidents to pursue recovery of their losses against those whose negligence caused their injuries.

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