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The Serious Consequences of Texting while Driving

By Grant Law Office on September 20, 2012

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in the year 2010. Drivers are considered distracted when they take their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel, or their mind off the task at hand. Examples of distracted driving include fiddling with the radio, talking to a passenger, or talking on a handheld cell phone. One of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving involves sending and reading texts.

In March of 2010, AT&T launched a campaign regarding the dangers of texting while driving. The short documentary film they released as part of the campaign contained many examples of lives that were lost and families that were broken apart because a driver chose to text and drive. The video contains footage of a bus driver rear-ending stopped traffic while sending a text, a teenager struggling with depression after killing a bicyclist while texting, and a family celebrating the birthday of a teenager killed while reading a text.

These types of tragic stories can be found throughout the United States and Georgia. The truth is that texting while driving can increase your chances of being in a collision by 23 percent. When texting, your eyes are off the roadway, your hands are off the wheel, and your mind is distracted from the act of driving.

The experienced Atlanta distracted driving crash attorneys at Wayne Grant, P.C., offer no-cost consultations at (404) 995-3955 to anyone who has suffered a loss at the hands of a distracted driver. We understand the dangers of negligent driving and we know how to get victims fair compensation for their significant losses.

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