When considering distracted driving, age seems to play a role as well. NHTSA reports the age group with the highest percentage of car crashes related to distracted driving are between 26 and 64 years old. They account for 59.1 percent of the accidents.
The second largest group with crashes related to distractions was between 16 and 25 years old at 29.6 percent. NHTSA also found that using a phone was a bigger problem for younger to middle-aged drivers, especially for females.
Other interesting statistics about distracted driving include:
- Drivers using a handheld device are four times more likely to suffer serious injury in a crash.
- The risk of crashing is 23 times higher when texting while driving.
- Receiving/sending a text message takes the driver’s eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds.
- Thirty seven percent of brain activity decreases when using a cell phone while driving.
In Georgia, the primary law (which means a motorist may receive a ticket for the offense without another traffic violation) is that bus drivers or novice drivers cannot use handheld or hands-free cell phones. All drivers are banned from texting while behind the wheel.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney in Peachtree City
When you or someone you love suffers serious or fatal injury because of an accident, it can be devastating. It can become even more tragic when the cause is distracted driving.
You could be entitled to compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional losses suffered. To learn what your rights are, contact a car accident attorney in Peachtree City who has experience handling these types of claims.
To learn how you can protect your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case at 404-474-0804.