WTOC reports that a driver has been cited in a wreck that flung a man off a bridge into the Savannah River. Chatham County Police responded to the call, which came in at 9:36 p.m. The accident closed traffic in both directions at the scene on the Back River Bridge. The Savannah Fire Department also responded to the scene to rescue the man that fell.
A witness who was driving behind the car that crashed into the man described what happened. She said that there was a car pulled off to the right. The hood was up and a man was working on the car. The car in front of her swerved, nearly overcorrected, and slammed into the disabled car. The impact threw the man into the Savannah River.
The driver of the truck that hit the car is facing citations for distracted driving and failure to maintain lane. The man on the bridge had minor injuries that required stitches. His passenger also suffered from minor injuries.
In Georgia, it is against the law to drive while distracted. If there is a car accident, distracted driving could be considered cause for fault. In other words, a distracted driver could be held to full responsibility for the full cost of an accident. Georgia law recognizes three different kinds of distractions. The first is visual distraction, which means taking your eyes off the roadway or when something else blocks your view of the road. Manual distraction, such as when a driver is using their hands. This can include applying makeup, eating, or fiddling with the radio. Cognitive distraction is the third type of distracted driving. This means when your attention is distracted, even if you have both hands on the wheel.
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