At this very moment, 660,000 U.S. drivers are using their smartphones while behind the wheel. This shocking statistic applies at every given moment during the day. It is no surprise, then, that careless distracted drivers were responsible for 3,179 traffic fatalities and 431,000 injuries in 2014.
During the past few years, the Gumprecht Law Firm has noticed a sharp increase in texting and driving accidents, as well as the devastating consequences of this negligent conduct. We have no tolerance for this dangerous distraction and aggressively pursue legal action against drivers who insist on putting their entertainment above the public’s safety.
Our award-winning personal injury law firm fights to hold texting drivers accountable for their negligence. Our commitment to our clients and our history of high-dollar results has won us a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a Legal Elite designation in the Georgia Trend Magazine, amongst other honors.
When handling a texting and driving accident claim, there are several steps to follow. First, we investigate whether distraction played a role in your crash. If insurance companies are unwilling to cooperate, we file a lawsuit to obtain the phone records to prove the timing of phone conversations and text messages. Drawing on an extensive background in technology, Attorney Michael Gumprecht is familiar with computer forensics and knows how to recover deleted messages, videos and emails as well as how to retrieve the timestamp that shows when they were created or transmitted.
We urge you to act quickly to improve the chances of recovering distracted driving data. Our 24-hour hotline allows you to speak with a Georgia distracted driving attorney right now.
Georgia Texting While Driving Laws
In 2010, Georgia legislators enacted § 40-6-241.2 in 2010, which prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading text-based communications while driving. The traffic code definition of “wireless telecommunications device” is “a cellular telephone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a stand alone computer, or any other substantially similar wireless device that is used to initiate or receive a wireless communication with another person.” The law makes narrow exceptions for reporting a traffic accident, road hazard, criminal offense or other emergency and for first responders. Aside from texting, the law also prohibits other types of electronic communication that diverts a driver’s attention, including instant messages, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other apps and programs.
Georgia Phone Use While Driving Laws
A second Georgia law enacted in 2010 prohibits teens younger than 18 from using a cell phone while behind the wheel, no matter if handheld or hands-free. Additionally, Georgia law bans bus drivers from using handheld and hands-free phones. Federal law prohibits commercial drivers from the use of phones, defined as maneuvering out of a seated, belted position to access the phone, pressing more than one button or holding the phone. Unfortunately, there are no restrictions on Georgia’s non-commercial adult drivers.
Contact a Georgia Distracted Driving Attorney Today
Texting while driving can lead to serious injuries on the road. When this happens, victims can turn to a Georgia distracted driving attorney for assistance in filing a claim. Contact the Gumprecht Law Firm at 678-800-1050 now to learn about your rights after a distracted driving crash. Your appointment is free and our no-risk contingency fee arrangement means you are not billed for lawyers’ fees until we recover damages for you.