We undoubtedly live in a technology-driven society. The use of our cellphones, iPads and other digital sources infiltrate our everyday lives. In fact, some go as far as to say that our generation is “addicted” to our smartphones. But what happens to this heavy smartphone reliance when we get behind the wheel of a car? The urge, dependency and reliance on technology can be difficult to resist, and this is evidenced in the growing number of distracted driving incidents that can often result in serious harm.
There are three main types of driving distractions, and technology can contribute to them all:
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving
What Georgia Law Says About Cellphones and Texting
Cellphone usage has been the leading culprit behind distracted driving cases involving technology, and Georgia law has responded. According to Driving Laws, it is illegal for all motorists “to write, send, or read a text-based communication (including regular text messages, emails, instant messages, and Internet data) while operating a vehicle.” But the Georgia Distracted Driving law gets even more strict when it comes to cellphones, stating that drivers cannot also “physically hold or support, with any part of his or her body” a “wireless telecommunication” or “stand-alone electronic” device while operating a vehicle.
Other Ways Technology Contributes to Distracted Driving
If you are diligent about putting down your cellphone while driving, you are not exempt from the lure and distraction of technology as you navigate the roads. In fact, there are several other forms of technology that can take a driver’s mind off the road or delay their reaction time, including the following:
Nearly every car on the road is equipped with radios or other means of audio music. In fact, the latest vehicles have advanced speakers and surround sound that can make you feel like you are at a concert instead of driving a vehicle. This can pose a safety threat, as audio distractions are not always supportive of safe driving. If extra noise or loud music makes it difficult for you to concentrate on driving, consider ditching your audio technology to protect yourself and other drivers on the road.
Dashboard consoles get increasingly sophisticated and upgraded with each annual car model. There are countless gadgets, buttons and accessibilities that are intended to enhance your driving experience. While this dashboard technology can be impressive, it can also be challenging to navigate quickly. This leads to more time looking down at your console and less time keeping your eyes on the road. Unfortunately, advanced dashboard technology can be a hindrance rather than a benefit when it comes to distracted driving.
Were You a Victim of Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving auto accidents can be serious and even fatal. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an accident that was caused by distracted driving, it is important to seek legal counsel. At the Law Office of Darrell T. Farr, we have the experience and skillset it takes to help clients get the compensation they deserve after auto accidents, especially those that involve cellphone or other technology-driven distractions behind the wheel. Call today to schedule your consult!