You’re driving down the street and notice a car just ahead swerving. As you keep your distance you wonder if maybe it’s a drunk driver. At the next light you look over to see the driver is engaged in a conversation on their cell phone. It happens thousands of times every day in Atlanta and across the country and it’s a prominent cause of distracted driving auto accidents. That’s why more states are looking at prohibiting or at least restricting cell phone use by drivers. Currently there are six states with complete bans on hand held cell phone use. In Georgia the only drivers who are banned from cell phone use behind the wheel are school bus drivers.
Restricting cell phone use like many other freedoms people enjoy can be a political hot button. Finding a balance between the rights of the user and the rights of those whom they may injure when their use isn’t conducted in a prudent manner is difficult to prove and to balance. Just because cell phone use behind the wheel is a legal activity in Georgia doesn’t mean that someone who causes an accident while talking or texting shouldn’t be held accountable.
You may have seen the other party on the phone just before the accident but it may be difficult to prove. But if you’ve been injured by someone talking or texting while driving they should be responsible for paying for the damages and injury you’ve suffered.