In our society teens are usually proficient at using a cell phone long before they are old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. Talking and texting are integral to their daily communication with friends and family and most would consider the skills required to use their phone second nature. That can make it difficult for them to understand the inherent danger of cell phone use behind the wheel. 21 states ban all cell phone use by young drivers and another nine prohibit them from texting. There are no such restrictions in the state of Georgia so if you live in the Atlanta area and see young drivers on their phones it’s not an illegal behavior, unsafe but not against the law.
Nearly sixty percent of high school students say that their parents are the biggest influence on their driving. Almost two thirds of the students surveyed said that their parents talk on cell phones while driving. With all of the press on this topic and mixed signals to our youth, it’s understandable that the incidence of teen driver accidents with cell phone use as a contributing factor continues to rise.
Understanding that you’re not alone in the injury you’ve suffered isn’t always comforting. The fact that the numbers of these types of accidents are on the rise makes you wish that something had been done before you were impacted.
If you’ve been injured by a teen driver who was distracted by their cell phone at the time of the accident please contact Atlanta car accident attorneys Robbins Law, PC today.