Strong Advocacy by Atlanta Car Crash Lawyers for Victims of Distracted Driving
Understanding the dangers of driving while distracted
In 2015, more than 3,400 people were killed and close to 400,000 people injured because a driver put short-term convenience over the safety of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA), during daylight hours, 660,000 drivers are using a cellphone while they drive. There is simply no excuse for this reckless activity. Drivers who operate their car without putting safety over convenience deserve to be held accountable for any deaths or injuries they cause.
At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our Atlanta distracted driving lawyers have no patience for adults who drive distracted or for parents who try to excuse a teen’s irresponsible behavior. We demand that owners of the cars that are involved in collisions along Interstate 85, Georgia State Route 17, 154 Northbound, or any federal, state, or county road be held accountable for the misconduct of anyone who drives their vehicles. Our results speak for themselves. We have a track record of helping Georgia residents get the strongest recoveries possible.
Types of distracted driving
With all types of driver distraction, drivers are not:
- Concentrating on the conditions, such as passing cars, stop signs, and potholes, that can cause them to lose control of their car
- Able to physically steer their car out of harm’s way if their hands are not on the steering wheel
- Visually focused on alternative tactics, such as moving to another lane, braking, or moving to the shoulder of the road
Texting while driving is, perhaps, the most serious type of driver distraction because it is easy for the driver to get lost in what he/she is typing. With texting, the driver’s vision is focused fully on the texting device and one or both hands are being used to do the typing. To address this serious type of driver distraction, Georgia law bans all drivers from texting while driving. Georgia also bans drivers under 18 from using a cellphone in any capacity while driving. Just talking on a cellphone, unless it is a hands-free device, poses a serious risk to all drivers.
Other types of driver distraction include:
- Using a GPS that is not hands-fee
- Putting on make-up
- Speaking to and looking at passengers in the back seat
Drivers who are fatigued or driving under the influence of alcohol are also considered to be distracted drivers because they are not fully focused on driving conditions.
Accountability for distracted driving crashes
Our Savannah and Atlanta distracted driving lawyers hold drivers and the owners of the vehicles liable for distracted driving:
- If passengers in the same car as the distracted driver are injured
- If another driver or passenger in a different car suffers a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, muscle damage, or any physical harm
- When death occurs, as the statistics confirm it does all too often
We also bring claims for pain and suffering, lost income, medical expenses, scarring, and other damages against the responsible parties.
Speak with a caring Atlanta and Savannah distracted driver attorney today
The Atlanta distracted driving lawyers at HLM are known for having obtained some of the top verdicts and settlements in the state. In distracted driving cases, we work with investigators, conduct extensive discovery and speak to all relevant witnesses to show that a driver was not focused on his/her driving. We demand punitive damages in addition to standard damages when it is clear the driver was acting recklessly.