Study of Distracted Driving Underway
Late in 2011, a man texted his fiancee to tell her that he was nearly home. It was reported that he was only four minutes from the woman’s home when he sent a text that said: “I’m almost there.” The man never made it. Just moments after sending the text, the man was involved in a fatal accident.
According to reports, the 20-year-old man was a student at The Art Institute of Atlanta. He crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle just off Ga. 316. The crash occurred at 45 miles per hour. The man died in the hospital nine days after the collision occurred. The man’s father is now advocating for the state of Georgia to make it illegal to hold a phone and drive.
Several people who have experienced loss due to distracted driving spoke to the state House committee that was formed to study the issue. The committee is only in its early stages of information gathering, but there is evidence that there has been an increase in road fatalities due to distracted driving.
Despite the knowledge that distracted driving is on the rise, a bill that would have made it illegal to use cellphones behind the wheel was rejected this year.
If you have been the victim of distracted driving in DeKalb County, you have legal rights. Reach out to our office today and schedule a case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and help you make decisions based on your unique case. Your initial consultation is free.