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The Dangers of Distracted Driving in Atlanta

The U.S. Department of Transportation found that distracted driving accounted for a half a million injury accidents and nearly 34,000 deaths in the year 2009. Not only is cell phone use behind the wheel dangerous, but such accidents often end up being the subject of local personal injury lawsuits.

Fox News reports that one Atlanta woman named Cynthia Williams is trying to do everything that she can to warn teenagers and their parents about distracted driving. Williams' 17-year-old son died in 2006 when he was a passenger in the vehicle of a distracted driver, who was texting while speeding.

“Once you get behind that wheel, please remove yourself because you don’t have control. I know you think you do that’s why you eat while you’re driving and text while you’re driving because to you, you have control. But you don’t,” Williams said through Fox News.

The state of Georgia now has a law that prohibits texting while driving. People who violate this law can not only be subjected to fines, but they can also be found to be at fault for an accident and thus face a negligence lawsuit.

FindLaw states that legal claims arising from motor vehicle accidents are typically governed by the law of negligence. While courts will often look at a number of factors to determine who was negligent in an accident, a person who is found to be texting while driving or violating another traffic law, is often found to be at fault for the accident.

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