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Car accidents caused by distracted drivers are a serious concern

We've all seen someone whose focus and attention while driving isn't on the task at hand. There are numerous things that compete for a driver's attention, which unfortunately put them at risk for being involved in a car accident. Car accidents that are caused by distracted drivers are a significant concern all across the United States, and Georgia is no exception to this.

Drivers of all ages are affected by distractions, though teenage drivers are believed to be the most impaired by them. In a study conducted by the AAA Foundation, it was found that teenage drivers spend about 25 percent of their time focused on other things while driving. Whether a driver is a teen or an adult, a number of distractions exist including:

• Cell phones

• Electronics

• Eating

• Passengers

According to the AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index, over 80 percent of drivers believe that distractions are a serious problem. It has been reported that approximately 16 percent of all fatal crashes are contributed to distracted drivers. In total, an estimated 5000 traffic fatalities due to driver distractions occur every year.

Car accidents that occur due to driver distraction often have serious to fatal consequences. Georgia residents who have been negatively affected by such an accident may be entitled to legal recourse. Civil claims, such as personal injury or wrongful death claims, can be filed by the victim or their surviving family members in an effort to gain compensation for the financial losses suffered as a result. If liability is established against the individual believed to be responsible, a monetary judgment may be granted to help recoup any damages deemed recoverable under state laws.

Source: aaafoundation.org, "Distracted Driving", , Sept. 15, 2015

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