Smartphones have become so ingrained in our lives that we hardly do anything without looking at them. We check them when we wake up, while eating, and even while taking care of business in the facilities. Some people even check their phones while driving 60 m.p.h down the interstate. The smartphone may just be the culprit in the end of a decline in auto accidents.
In the state of Georgia, there was a decline in the number of traffic fatalities every year from 2006 – 2014. This means that every year, there were fewer deaths than the year previous. That came to an end this year.
In 2014, through November 9, there were 999 traffic fatalities in the state of Georgia. In 2015, through November 9th, there were 1,170 traffic fatalities. There is little doubt that distracted driving – driving while texting, checking e-mail or social media, is to blame for the increase.
Natalie Dale, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Transportation stated that the single most important thing we can do to stop this trend is simply to put the phone down, buckle up, and concentrate on the road ahead.
Put away the phone when you drive. That email, text, tweet, or FB status update can wait.
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the strong arm attorneys, the offices of John Foy, for a consultation today.