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Drivers who use handheld devices 3 times more likely to crash

Ask any driver whether or not drunk driving is dangerous, and you're almost certain to get a yes. Drivers young and old know that driving while impaired can be lethal. Still, every day drivers in Georgia are arrested for DUI.

A similar situation exists with distracted driving. As a result of education efforts and law enforcement, many drivers are aware of the potentially devastating consequences of driving while distracted, but people continue to use their cell phones and engage in other distracting activities while behind the wheel.

Studies have shown that texting while driving is the most dangerous form of distracted driving. In fact, Georgia law bans texting while operating a motor vehicle. Bus drivers and novice drivers (those younger than 18) are additionally prohibited from using hands-free and handheld cell phones for any purpose while driving.

Although there are state laws aimed at curbing drivers' cell phone use, you probably don't have to look far to find a distracted driver. In fact, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that, at any moment during daylight hours, 660,000 people in the U.S. are using some kind of electronic devise, including cell phones, while driving.

Additionally, a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that drivers were three times more likely to get into a wreck if they were using handheld electronic devices.

The truth is that distracted driving of any kind can lead to catastrophic consequences, and victims of distracted driving often require long-term medical treatment after a crash. To learn more about obtaining compensation for a distracted driving injury, please see our overview of distracted driving accidents.

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