Studies show that Georgia drivers distracted by technology tend to have a greater likelihood of car accidents than those driving without such distractions. According to a study by The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers may still become distracted, even when they use hands-free devices. Cell phones and other forms of technology take people’s minds off the road and create a delayed reaction to responses such as braking or getting out of harm’s way.
According to federal research, distracted drivers caused approximately 10 percent of fatal car accidents in the United States in 2011. This figure shows a slight increase over 2010. In addition, records show that 387,000 people had been injured in crashes caused by distracted motor vehicle drivers. Georgia drivers are no exception; in fact, they may be more at risk because the state has yet to enact a law prohibiting cell phone use while driving.
People have become accustomed to using their cell phones as they drive, and, unfortunately, they may find greater difficulty giving up their habits as time goes by. Auto manufacturers are always working to create new hands-free technologies in order to keep drivers safe. However, drivers could benefit by refraining from talking or texting while driving as it has been proven that such actions cause too many distractions.
Georgia drivers who use cell phones while behind the wheel may run greater risks of automobile accidents. Fatal car wrecks may continue to increase unless drivers resolve to ignore their call or message alerts until they are safely off the road. Those who have been involved in car accidents concerning technological distractions may be able to obtain sound advice from a knowledgeable attorney.
Source: The Washington Post, “Drivers still distracted, despite tech advances keeping their eyes on the road,” Ashley Halsey III, June 12, 2013