Texting and Driving Accidents in Georgia

Are you a victim of a texting and driving accident? If so, you’re not alone. Distracted driving is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents, leading to overwhelming crash fatalities each year.

When recovering from the crash, the last thing you need is to worry about financial losses, like property damage. At The Foster Firm, we understand that we cannot undo your physical and emotional suffering, but we can fight for your financial compensation to the fullest extent of the law.

If you need a texting and driving accident lawyer to help you recover and seek compensation, call us at The Foster Firm at 404-559-8325. We’re available 24/7 for anyone in Metro Atlanta or South Atlanta, Georgia, that needs legal support to recover from a distracted collision.

Texting and Driving Laws in Georgia

Texting and driving laws vary from state to state, so you must understand what exact rules apply to where you live. Georgia’s laws surrounding distracted texting and driving include the following:

  • Drivers may not hold the device: You may mount your phone on the dashboard for GPS navigation, though you cannot carry it in your hand or any other body part.
  • Drivers must avoid distractions: As a driver, your main responsibility is to prevent any distractions as much as you can, including texting, taking pictures, watching videos, or changing between apps.
  • Drivers cannot send any messages: You may not send text messages, emails, or other instant messages unless using a voice command.
  • Drivers can only press one button to queue an action: When using the GPS or voice commands, you must complete any needs in one button click.
  • Drivers must not leave their seats to reach for a device: If you must grab your phone, it needs to be within arm’s length so that you do not take your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.

Penalties for Breaking Georgia’s Texting and Driving Laws

When state law can prove that someone drove while texting, the law violator will receive a fine, even if it did not cause an accident. Fines are as follows:

  • $50 and one license point for the first conviction
  • $100 and two license points for the second conviction
  • $150 and three license points for the third conviction

When distracted driving leads to an accident, the victim may hold the distracted driver responsible for their damages by taking legal action. We can help you consider your options, like filing a lawsuit, personal injury claim, or wrongful death claim (if the victim did not survive and close family members take action).

Building a Case and Proving Fault

If you have an accident and believe the other driver was operating their phone, causing the crash, you may seek compensation. A texting and driving accident lawyer from The Foster Firm can help develop your case, determine fault, gather evidence, and fight for you in court.

Our team will work to help you prove that the texting driver should have operated their vehicle with more attention and failed to do so, directly causing your accident, injuries, or damages.

To gather this evidence, we can take the legal steps to acquire:

  • Cell phone message records from the time of the accident
  • Any traffic or public surveillance footage
  • Eyewitnesses
  • Vehicle damage evaluations
  • Guilt admissions

After analyzing the case, drivers’ insurance policies, and all evidence, we will help you determine the optimal route moving forward. We can recommend different legal actions, like lawsuits or claims, and help you complete each necessary step.

Seeking Compensation

We want to help you seek the necessary financial compensation to cover your losses. Typically, rewards might include monetary coverage for:

  • Property damage
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of household services
  • Emotional suffering

Call a Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer From The Foster Firm Today

At The Foster Firm, we aim to help you heal by holding distracted drivers accountable for their reckless actions so that you can seek the money you need to move forward.

Since we often work with car wreck victims, our team has ample experience, connections, and legal knowledge surrounding your needs. We care deeply about every client and always provide an all-encompassing and personalized action plan for everyone who needs help.

If you have an accident, call us at 404-559-8325 in College Park or Douglasville, GA, for a free consultation with a texting and driving accident lawyer.