Georgia Has Record-Setting Distracted Driving Deaths In 2015
According to a recent report1 issued by the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT),2 our state is on pace to break records for deaths in distracted driving accidents in 2015. So far this year, 873 individuals have lost their lives on the Georgia roadways. The following are additional statistics provided by the DOT:
If the increased numbers continue through the end of 2015, this will be the first time in the past nine years that traffic-related fatalities have increased for the previous year.
To deter distracted driving, the DOT has installed signs over the highway at the state line. The sign informs all drivers entering Georgia of the number of deaths so far in the year. Authorities hope that the death statistic will illustrate how much of a danger distracted driving can be and will inspire drivers to operate their vehicles safely. In addition, law enforcement officers are trying to crack down on distracted drivers by enforces Georgia’s texting ban for all drivers and cell phone ban for all teen drivers.
If a distracted driving accident occurs, not only may drivers face a citation and fines, but also may be held financially liable for the losses of any injured accident victims. Some of the losses for which injured victims may recover include the following:
- All costs of past and future medical treatment, including hospitalization, emergency care, medical equipment, and rehabilitative treatment
- Lost income and benefits for past and future missed work, as well as lost earning potential
- Physical pain and suffering and emotional trauma
- Wrongful death losses of family members if an accident resulted in a fatality
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Distracted drivers should be held fully liable for all of the losses of injured victims or surviving family members of motorists killed in collisions. At the law office of Boling Rice LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia, we are committed to helping victims of distracted driving accidents recover for medical bills, income lost, and any other relevant losses.