Georgia is one of the fastest-growing states in the country, and as a result, more and more drivers are on Georgia’s roadways each year. While this is great for expanding the state’s economy with new jobs and growing opportunities for entrepreneurs, it can also lead to more motor vehicle accidents. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recently released data that suggests that preventable accidents are on the rise in Georgia, many of which are caused by texting and driving.
Why is Texting a Problem?
Texting behind the wheel is a major distraction. Whether you’re sending or reading one, taking your eyes off of the road can lead to disaster. Additionally, many people find themselves getting progressively more daring over time when it comes to texting while driving. The rationale is that if drivers are able to read short, simple texts while driving, they begin to feel that short, simple texts can be sent. As time goes on, they will begin to send longer texts, requiring much more focus and attention. When this happens, everyone around those drivers are in danger, including passengers, pedestrians and other motorists.
Who is Most at Risk?
The NHTSA reports that younger and inexperienced drivers are more likely to engage in texting activities while behind the wheel, with younger females the most likely. In addition, men are less likely to sustain serious damage in an accident involving texting and driving until around the age of 35. Gender plays less of a role as people age further. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that anyone who is on the road with a driver who is texting is at risk for an accident and injuries, regardless of age or gender.
What to Do After an Accident Involving Texting
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident that involved texting, it’s important to focus on receiving proper medical attention. Because texting-and-driving accidents can lead to severe injuries and even death, immediate care needs to be administered by qualified medical professionals. When you’re ready, it would also be a good idea to seek out the services of a personal injury attorney. These legal professionals specialize in helping accident victims seek out and obtain compensation for injuries ranging from the physical to the mental to the emotional. A personal injury attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf against the responsible party. In many cases, you will not need to be present in a court room in order to receive the compensation you deserve. Your attorney can offer you more information regarding your specific rights.