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Cell Phones, Texting and Other Distractions

Numerous studies have shown that texting or using a cell phone while driving can be even more dangerous than driving drunk. In fact, many automobile wrecks occur, and thousands of people are injured or killed each year because drivers divert their attention from the road to operate a mobile device.

In response to this danger, the U.S. Department of Transportation enacted DOT 14-10 on January 26, 2010, which prohibits truck and bus drivers from sending text messages while driving. This federal measure is effective immediately and applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Violators may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties of up to $2,750. For more information concerning efforts by the U.S. DOT to combat driving distractions, go to

Georgia’s Laws Against Distracted Driving

Georgia law mandates that drivers exercise due care when operating motor vehicles on the state’s highways and prohibits any actions that may distract them from safely operating their vehicles. This legal requirement, as outlined in OCGA § 40-6-241, underscores the importance of maintaining focus and attention while driving to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of all road users.

In addition to these general regulations, specific measures have been implemented in Atlanta and throughout Georgia to address the pervasive issue of distracted driving, particularly among young drivers. OCGA § 40-6-241.1 is one such measure aimed at protecting the public from the dangers posed by drivers who engage in texting and talking while behind the wheel. This statute stipulates that individuals under the age of 18 with an instruction permit or a Class D license are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on any public road or highway in the state while engaging in wireless communication using a telecommunications device.

Furthermore, OCGA § 40-6-241.2 extends the prohibition on distracted driving to adult drivers as well. This statute prohibits using wireless telecommunications devices to write, send, or read any form of text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle on public roads or highways. Such text-based communications include but are not limited to text messages, instant messages, emails, and internet data.

To summarize, the legislative framework in Georgia regarding distracted driving encompasses the following key provisions:

  • OCGA § 40-6-241: Mandates that drivers exercise due care and refrain from engaging in any actions that could distract them from the safe operation of their vehicles.
  • OCGA § 40-6-241.1: Prohibits individuals under the age of 18 with an instruction permit or Class D license from operating a motor vehicle while engaging in wireless communication using a telecommunications device.
  • OCGA § 40-6-241.2: Extends the prohibition on distracted driving to all adult drivers, prohibiting using wireless telecommunications devices to write, send, or read text-based communications while driving.

These legislative measures reflect Georgia’s commitment to promoting safe driving practices, reducing the incidence of distracted driving-related accidents, and protecting the well-being of all road users. Compliance with these laws is essential to ensure roadway safety and prevent unnecessary accidents and injuries.

Burnside Law Firm: Cell Phones, Texting and Other Distractions Attorneys

As technology continues to evolve and vehicles become increasingly equipped with interactive features such as GPS, navigation systems and satellite radio, the potential for accidents and serious injuries on the road inevitably rises. While these technological advancements have undoubtedly improved convenience and comfort for drivers, they also introduce distractions that can significantly impair a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle.

The proliferation of smartphones and other handheld devices has further compounded the problem of distracted driving. Texting, talking on a cell phone, checking social media and engaging in other forms of digital communication while driving divert the driver’s attention away from the road, increasing the likelihood of accidents and putting lives at risk.

In the event that you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, it is crucial to seek legal representation from experienced accident lawyers who understand the complexities of automobile accident cases. At Burnside Law Firm LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to assess your case and provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.

With years of experience in handling automobile accident cases, our dedicated team of attorneys has the knowledge and expertise to navigate the legal process effectively on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, gather evidence and build a strong case to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

From negotiating with insurance companies to representing you in court, we will advocate vigorously on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation available under the law. Our goal is to alleviate the financial burden you may be facing as a result of the accident and help you move forward with your life.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, don’t hesitate to contact Burnside Law Firm LLP for compassionate and dedicated legal representation. Call us today at 706-432-8320 to schedule your free initial consultation and take the first step toward securing the compensation you need and deserve.

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The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264