Georgia took drastic measures to curb the growing problem of distracted driving this week when they enacted a law prohibiting drivers from not only using but touching a mobile device. According to the Greenville News, the new law aims to dramatically reduce the number of accidents caused by distracted driving related to mobile device use. High fines and stiff penalties come into play for those drivers who refuse to follow the new law.
Could a Hands-Free Law Be Headed to South Carolina?
South Carolina lawmakers are also hoping to reduce fatalities and accidents in the state. Despite having fewer drivers on the road than Georgia, the state of SC has a higher rate of accidents and injuries on the roadways. Many of these are related to distractions; the primary culprit is cell phone use. If South Carolina follows Georgia’s footsteps, a new law would require phones, laptops and devices like iPads and Kindles be stowed away from the driver and not touched or held in the vehicle.
Driving in Georgia? Here’s What you Need to Know
Whether you cross the state line on 95 heading to Savannah or to the west on the way to Atlanta, stow your devices as soon as you see the “Welcome to Georgia” sign. You could be pulled over if you are seen with the device in hand and since the law is so new officers may be on the alert for drivers who are not in compliance. You’ll be safer on the road and you won’t risk a moving violation if you put your phone down until the next rest stop
Distracted Driving and Car Accidents
Distracted driving continues to contribute to accidents on all the nation’s roadways and is a big issue for Carolinians. If you have been in an accident with someone who was distracted by a cell phone or other device, you could be impacted for years to come. Property damage, lasting injuries and even missed work days add up fast. If you have been in a collision a personal injury attorney can help you recover your losses and get back on track.
A South Carolina Accident Attorney Can Help
If you’ve been injured by a distracted driver – one who was talking on the phone, texting, eating or even paying more attention to passengers than to the road, we can help. A South Carolina accident attorney can protect your rights and help you get past the upheaval caused by an accident. Contact us today to talk about what happened to you and learn about your options; our compassionate and caring team is just a phone call away.