In a tragic accident out of Miami-Dade County last week, a multi-vehicle accident claimed the lives of two and injured two others. According to a report by a local news source, the accident occurred on Interstate 24 near the Wildwood exit.
Evidently, the driver of a black Ford Mustang crossed the median of I-24 and T-boned a Chevy Trailblazer. After that initial collision, the Mustang rotated clock-wise and collided with a Nissan head-on. The Mustang then clipped the side of a nearby Jeep, which overturned as a result of that collision. In all, four vehicles were involved in the accident.
According to the report, the woman had a cell phone in her hand at the time of the accident. While preliminary reports do not show that there was any kind of medical emergency justifying the use of the cell phone while driving, the medical examiner will be conducting an autopsy to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.
Both the woman driving the Ford Mustang and the driver of the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved in the accident were taken to the hospital for treatment and examination.
Cell Phone Use While Driving
Not only is it irresponsible to use a cell phone while driving, but it may also be illegal. In Georgia, it is a primary offense for any driver to text while driving. This means that a police officer can pull a texter over for no other reason than texting while driving. (In other states, such as Florida, texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning that the officer must have some other reason to pull the driver over before issuing a texting-while-driving citation.)
However, talking on a cell phone while driving is not illegal in Georgia, unless you are under the age of 18 or are driving a school bus with children aboard. That said, it does not necessarily mean that a person cannot be found negligent and at fault for an accident if he or she was talking on the phone while driving. It is simply one piece of information that the jury will most likely be given to aid them in their determination.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident Involving Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving accidents are on the rise in Georgia, and they don’t just consist of accidents involving texting while driving. Any behavior that takes the driver’s attention off the road may constitute distracted driving and is potentially hazardous to others. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that you believe was due in part to a distracted driver, contact a dedicated Georgia personal injury attorney today. You may be entitled to monetary compensation to help you cover the medical expenses you incurred as a result of the accident. You may also be eligible for compensation for your pain and suffering. Click here, or call 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney today.
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