As April arrives with its beautiful spring blossoms and warmer weather, it also reminds everyone who hits the road each day – April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This annual observance highlights the importance of maintaining focus on the road and the potential hazards that arise when our attention wanders, even for a brief moment. With the constant advancements in technology, our lives have become increasingly interconnected, making it all the more difficult to disconnect and concentrate solely on driving.
In recent years, distracted driving has emerged as a major issue, causing unnecessary pain and suffering for far too many families. Recognizing the urgency of addressing this problem, Georgia has taken a proactive stance by implementing the Hands-Free Law, which aims to minimize distractions and enhance the safety of our roads. During this crucial month of awareness, we not only reflect on the devastating consequences of distracted driving but also urge those affected by such incidents to seek the support and assistance they need.
The Hands-Free Law in Georgia
In 2018, Georgia passed the Hands-Free Georgia Act, a law that prohibits drivers from holding or supporting a wireless communication device, such as a cell phone, while operating a vehicle. This law aims to reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving, which is responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
The Hands-Free Georgia Act states that the following are not allowed when driving:
- Physically hold or support a wireless device in any manner.
- Write, send, or read text messages while driving.
- Watch or record videos while driving.
- Use a wireless device while a vehicle is in motion, except for GPS navigation.
The Impact of Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a growing concern, with accidents caused by drivers not paying full attention to the road becoming increasingly common. Distracted driving was responsible for 3,142 lives claimed in 2019, reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Furthermore, the NHTSA estimates that in 2019, around 6% of all fatal crashes involved a distracted driver.
The problem is not just limited to fatalities. Injuries sustained in distracted driving accidents can be life-altering and lead to long-term complications. For those who have been affected, the physical, emotional, and financial burdens can be overwhelming.
How You Can Stay Safe and Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents
During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s essential to remind ourselves of the importance of staying focused on the road. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while driving:
- Use hands-free technology: Utilize Bluetooth, voice commands, or other hands-free options to make calls or send texts while driving.
- Set your GPS before you start driving: Input your destination before setting off to avoid fiddling with your GPS device while on the road.
- Don’t multitask: Focus solely on driving and avoid eating, drinking, or engaging in other activities that may take your attention away from the road.
- Pull over: If you must make a call, send a text, or address a situation that requires your attention, pull over to a safe location before doing so.
- Educate young drivers: Talk to your teenage children about the dangers of distracted driving and set a good example by practicing safe driving habits.
Seek Legal Help from Lamar Law Office, LLC
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it’s crucial to seek legal help from an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of Georgia’s Hands-Free Law. The Lamar Law Office, LLC is here to help you navigate the legal process and obtain the compensation you deserve. Reach out to us for guidance and support during this challenging time.