Modern technology encourages us to stay connected at all times. But using a phone or other device while driving is incredibly dangerous. Unfortunately, it still happens in Smyrna. If another driver caused your accident while on the phone, talk to a Smyrna texting while driving accident lawyer.
John Foy & Associates can help. If you don’t know what to do after your accident, we’re here for you. We bring 20-plus years of experience to the table.
Contact us today to discuss your case and legal options. The consultation is 100% FREE. Plus, there is no charge unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today.
Texting While Driving Is Prohibited in Smyrna
Drivers in Smyrna must follow House Bill 673, the “hands-free law,” in Georgia. The law has been in effect since July 2018.
Here are the details of the hands-free law:
- Drivers cannot have a phone in their hand while driving. They also cannot use any part of their body to support the phone.
- Drivers can use earpieces and headsets to make or receive phone calls while driving. However, they cannot use this equipment for entertainment, like listening to music.
- No one can send or receive text-based messages while driving. They can use technology that reads out text or is for GPS purposes.
- No driver can write, read, or send a text, email, or other internet content.
- No driver can watch a video while driving (unless it’s for navigation). Drivers also cannot record videos while driving.
- Drivers cannot touch their phones to change music apps while driving. However, they can start the program before driving.
The hands-free law is in place for a reason. Texting while driving puts everyone on the road at risk.
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The Dangers of Texting While Driving
Texting is one of the worst things someone can do while driving. Even a moment of distraction can have disastrous consequences.
Texting while driving is a type of distracted driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main types of distracted driving:
- Manual distractions that take your hands off of the wheel
- Visual distractions that take your eyes off of the road
- Cognitive distractions that take your mind off of driving
Texting while driving causes all three types of distractions. Merely taking five seconds to read a text can be deadly. In that amount of time, a car going 55 miles per hour can travel the length of a football field.
Drivers often doubt the dangers of texting until it’s too late. If a texting driver caused your accident, you have rights. Talk to an experienced lawyer about your financial compensation options today.
John Foy & Associates can help you. We will handle the legal side of things after your accident. We also will not charge you unless we win for you. To learn more during a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
What Happens to Drivers Who Text and Drive in Smyrna
Besides the physical dangers, there are legal consequences for texting while driving, too:
- The first conviction comes with one point on the driver’s license and a $50 fine.
- A second conviction brings two points on the license and a $100 fine.
- Three or more convictions will put three points on the license. If the sentence happens within 24 months of the former violation, the driver will face another fine.
Of course, the aftermath of an accident is worse than fines and points. Texting while driving can take someone’s life. Even if the at-fault driver didn’t mean to cause harm, they are still responsible.
You have a right to seek compensation for your damages after a texting driver injures you. If a loved one died in a texting while driving accident, you might also have a wrongful death claim. Talk to your lawyer about your options.
How to Handle the Moments After Your Accident
There are some necessary actions we recommend accident victims take. If you are well enough to do so, the following steps can help your case.
Call the Police
After the accident, dial 911 to report the accident. Officers should respond to the scene and create an accident report. You will need a copy of this report for your records.
Be sure to tell the police if you saw the other driver texting before the accident. They will investigate it. Plus, there might be a record of it on the accident report.
Get the Driver’s Information
It’s smart to exchange information with the other driver after the accident. Exchange the following:
- First and last names
- Phone numbers
- Driver’s license numbers
- Insurance policy information
If the other driver doesn’t provide their information, watch them closely. They could be uninsured or trying to hide something. Note their car’s details and license plate number. You can also tell the police that the driver was acting suspiciously.
Get photos for proof of the accident. Snap pictures of:
- Your injuries
- Your vehicle damage
- The accident scene
Your pictures will show how the accident scene looked right after the crash.
Look for Witnesses
Did other people see your accident happen? Ask about what they saw. Request their names and contact information. Witness statements can be powerful for your claim.
Get Medical Treatment
If you have severe or life-threatening injuries, get help immediately. Otherwise, see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you feel alright, have a doctor evaluate you.
If you wait too long to get medical attention, it can hurt your case. The insurance company will try to use it against you.
Call a Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer
An experienced lawyer in your area can help you build a strong case. You won’t have to worry about saying or doing the right thing. Your lawyer will guide you through the process. Most of all, they will fight for the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Smyrna Texting While Driving Accident Lawyer for Free Today
If a texting driver injured you, don’t wait to get help. Our injury lawyers can help you get started today. With over 20 years of experience, we know what it takes to win.
To schedule a FREE, no-risk consultation, call us at (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.