What is the biggest issue out there right now in personal injury cases? The short answer is texting, which falls under the bigger umbrella of distracted driving.
The subject of texting while driving is a very hot topic nationwide at the moment. Technology is a great thing when used properly, but when used inappropriately it can be deadly. The numbers are startling. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the US is caused by texting & driving. Over half of all car accidents, a cell phone is involved.
What we see with a lot of these cases, if there are no skid marks or other signs of slowing down or stop, then it normally points to a distracted driver.
Texting causes a 400% increase in the time spent with your eyes off the road. So if it takes an average of 3 seconds of taking your eyes off the road to cause an accident and the average texting session lasts 5 seconds, you are already over the limit of the time it takes to get involved in an accident. The chances of a crash increase by 23 times when your texting.
Georgia law currently states that drivers must exercise due care when using radios and mobile telephones. The law may be changing soon, but that is the way it is now. Under punitive damage cases, which is basically punishment for egregious behavior, texting, drunk driving, fleeing the scene of an accident all fall under this. Our law firm handles a lot of punitive damage cases.
Howe & Associates initiates an accident reconstruction in cases of auto accidents, including interviewing witnesses and expanding on the official police report that was filed. Witness interviews often shed light on a case that is invaluable in presenting the facts for our clients benefit.