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Eyes on the Road

02/04/2022

Over 700 Vehicle Accidents Occur Every Day Due to Distracted Driving

When people think of Atlanta auto accident lawyers, Akin & Tate is the personal injury law firm they turn to for help. Our experienced trial lawyers have seen first-hand the devastation resulting from auto and truck accidents. In many of these cases, the common theme is – distracted driving.

Recent studies have confirmed what many of us already may know, distracted driving is a growing problem on our roadways. Roughly 20% of injuries occurring in car accident crashes involve distracted driving, according to a study published by The Zebra.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Council defines distracted driving as “Any activity that diverts attention from driving…anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.” It can be texting, drinking coffee, or even looking at your neighbor’s holiday light display. Any loss of focus required for safe driving is considered distracted driving.

So, how about you? Does this sound familiar? According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), a driver is eight times more likely to be involved in a crash while eating and drinking. 

The recent increase in cell phone use also has resulted in more distracted driving. The convenience and ease of texting are very appealing while driving, with many thinking it will only take a second to complete the exchange. However, texting is the cause of more than 58% of crashes involving teen drivers. 

“Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Council

Our entire team at Akin & Tate is dedicated to helping bring attention to the fight to end distracted driving by promoting this important cause in our community. We can all do our part by practicing safe driving habits and focusing our attention on the road. We can also be a voice of education in every community from Atlanta to Cartersville and throughout Georgia.

As Atlanta’s personal injury attorneys, our entire staff at Akin & Tate is well recognized for our work in and out of the courtroom on behalf of victims injured due to the negligence of distracted drivers. If a distracted driver has hurt you, contact us immediately. Akin & Tate’s car accident lawyers are here to help. Call us at 770-382-0780 for a free case evaluation today.