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The Rise of Distracted Driving Accidents in Georgia

By Ramsey Prather on August 10, 2023

Woman driving a car with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding her phone.

Distracted driving kills. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3522 Americans lost their lives in a recent year due to accidents where at least one of the drivers was distracted. Using a handheld device for texting, talking, and other activities is a major cause of distracted driving. In 2018, the State of Georgia passed a law prohibiting handheld devices while driving, and law enforcement officials have been aggressively enforcing the law.

Proving Distracted Driving with Cell Phone Data

By Butler Prather LLP on July 11, 2022

When a vehicle accident occurs, and one side alleges that the other was distracted by a cell phone, this can be difficult to prove. In many cases, these incidents turn into one story against another, but it may be possible to use cell phone data to try and determine whether or not a driver was distracted when a crash occurred. Here, we want to discuss how you can get cell phone data from another party and whether or not this will help prove liability for the incident. Cell Phone Data – What it Tells Us On March 18, 2018, Elaine…

What You Need to Know about Georgia’s Hand-Free Law

By Butler Prather LLP on January 28, 2020

Distracted driving is nothing new. However, the increase in technology in our lives has significantly increased the number of distracted driving accidents on the roadways. Distracted driving accidents often lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Most states have passed certain restrictions on how a person can use cell phones while they are driving. Georgia’s hands-free law went into effect on July 1, 2018 with the implementation of HB 673. What does the hand-free law in Georgia say? Pursuant to Georgia law, drivers in Georgia are prohibited from the following: Holding or supporting, with any part of the body (including the…

Is it Illegal to Talk on the Phone while Driving in Georgia?

By Butler Prather LLP on September 24, 2018

Starting as of July 1, 2018, it is now illegal in Georgia to drive while holding a cellphone. The Hands-Free Georgia Act, or House Bill 673, is the latest development in the state’s efforts to decrease distracted driving accidents and increase roadway safety. According to the new law, using a handheld cellphone is against the law while operating a vehicle in the state, except in a few situations. It is also illegal for school bus drivers to use two-way radios or cellphones while loading /unloading passengers. Learn what the new law means for you as a driver in the state of…

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