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Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents. It may seem that checking a text message isn't that big of a deal but, all too often, this simple decision results in severe accidents in which people are injured. If you or a loved one are injured in a distracted driving accident, we can help. Our distracted driving injury lawyers in Atlanta are experienced in distracted driving cases, and we aren't afraid to go to trial. With more than 100 years of combined experience behind us, we are committed to fighting for our clients' rights.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Many situations constitute distracted driving. For example, checking a cell phone, looking down to adjust your car radio, and talking to a passenger can all result in distracted driving accidents. Drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to the road and obey all traffic laws.
If you were injured in a distracted driving accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Emergency medical care
- Hospital expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Prescription drug costs
- Lost wages
- Emotional distress
- Damaged property
Distracted driving accident cases can be complicated. It is recommended that you work with an experienced Atlanta distracted driving attorney. The lawyers at Wood Craig & Avery can investigate your case, determine if you have grounds to seek compensation, and provide you with the aggressive yet compassionate legal representation you need to feel confident.
Proving Distracted Driving
According to the National Safety Council, an alarming 26% of accidents are caused by cell phone use. In the United States, 46 states, including Georgia, have laws prohibiting texting while driving. Despite the presence of these laws, when building a personal injury case, proving that distracted driving led to the accident is not always easy. Here are several ways it can be done:
Police Report Filed After the Accident
A police report is one of the most important pieces of record concerning an accident. As we’ve covered in the past, you should always take pictures and record as much information as you can following an accident. The more information you collect, the better. This includes telling the officer who is filing the report everything you can remember. If you saw the other driving talking on their phone, or looking down at their phone, mention it.
Traffic and Surveillance Cameras
In many high-traffic, urban areas like Atlanta, traffic cameras and private surveillance cameras are running 24/7. Sometimes they may record a driver using their phone prior to the accident. Also, if you have a dash cam that was recording at the time of the accident, it likely can be used as evidence in court.
Cell Phone Records
Many people are surprised to learn that in some cases, cell phone records can be subpoenaed in order to prove distracted driving. Cell phone carriers have detailed records of all text message and data usage, and these records can be used to show exactly when a text message was sent.
Additionally, it’s important to note that according to Georgia law, it is against the law to use a cell phone while driving “to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, or Internet data.”
So while we often speak of the dangers of texting while driving, the law covers not only text messaging, but all Internet data, including use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. In many cases, these records can be used in a personal injury case. A Facebook post or Tweet made from a mobile device at the time of the accident is a strong indication of distracted driving.
We Put Our Clients First
At Wood Craig & Avery, we believe in putting a client's best interests first. When you work with our distracted driving attorneys in Atlanta, you get dedicated attention. We are always available for our clients and answer your calls 24/7. We even give clients our personal cell phone numbers so that you can reach us when you need us. Because we understand how overwhelming these cases are and truly care about each and every client, our goal is to relieve some of your burdens, enabling you to focus on what matters: getting better.
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