Distracted Driving

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An accident can occur in an instant. Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic on our highways, and distracted drivers are at an increased risk of causing an automobile accident.  With modern technology, the most common forms of distracted driving include texting or emailing while driving or using a cell phone while driving.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that a staggering number of people are injured as a result of accidents caused by distracted drivers every year. Statistics reveal that more than 6,500 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted drivers in 2010 & 2011.  Every day distracted drivers cause more than 1,000 accidents.

Most states, including Georgia, have enacted laws prohibiting texting while driving. Georgia law also prohibits all teen drivers from using cell phones while driving.

Have you or someone you know been injured as a result of someone’s distracted driving? Call an experienced personal injury attorney at Coleman, Chambers, Rogers & Williams, LLP to learn more about your rights.

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Apps:

  • Canary App
    • Available on IPhone and Android for free. Software helps parents track their teenager’s habits while driving. Parents can be notified if the driver unlocks their phone or uses it to call or text while driving, exceeds certain speed limits or leaves a certain geographical area.
    • www.thecanaryproject.com

 

  • LifeSaver App
    • Available on IPhones and Android for free. Software locks driver’s smartphone while car is in motion. Parents can set the guidelines and monitor teen driver behavior. Parents are notified if driver unlocks LifeSaver while driving. Drivers can earn free rewards, such as iTunes credits for safe driving behavior.
    • http://lifesaver-app.com

 

  • AT&T DriveMode

 

  • Cellcontrol App
    • Available on over 1,000 devices. Software disables cell phones, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices to prevent distraction while driving.
    • www.cellcontrol.com

 

  • Drive Safe Mode
    • Available on IPhone and Android for free. Software locks phones when in motion. It disables all functions except the ability to dial 911.
    • http://drivesafemode.com

 

 

  • Sprint’s Drive First App
    • Available for Android smart phones for $2 per month. App disables some of phone’s functionality when driving is detected. The software locks the screen, directs calls to voicemail, blocks text alerts and responds to texts with a message that the driver is currently unavailable.
    • www.sprint.com/focusondriving

 

  • Textecution App
    • Available for Android smart phones for $9.99. Software disables phone’s texting features so messages cannot be sent or received once phone is detected traveling faster than 10 mph.
    • www.textecution.com