Distracted Driving

An accident can happen in an instant. That's why it's important to for drivers to keep their attention focused on the roadway.

Distracted driving is becoming one of the fast-growing epidemics on American highways. Distracted driving is when the driver of an automobile engages in activity that could distract them from the task of driving, increasing their risk of causing an automobile accident and injuring others. With today's ever-increasing technology, the most common forms of distracted driving involve using a mobile device while driving-sending or reading text messages, checking emails, surfing the internet or using a cell phone are all unsafe while driving.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that an alarming number of our friends, family and colleagues are injured as a result of accidents caused by distracted drivers every year. According to statistics, 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. This year alone it is estimated that there have been more than 500,000 accidents caused by drivers using cell phones.

Most states have enacted laws prohibiting texting while driving. It is currently illegal in Georgia to text while driving. Additionally, Georgia 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 or email to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Coleman & Chambers, LLP to learn more about your rights.

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Apps:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • FleetSafer Mobile App
    • FleetSafter is specifically designed for commercial fleets and is available on Blackberry and Windows smart phones. Software automatically locks phone during driving to prevent calls, emails and texts. Auto-reply messages are sent to incoming texts and emails
    • www.aegismobility.com/distracted-driving/index.php
  • DriveSafe.ly App
    • Available for Blackberry, Android and IPhones for $79.90 annually or $7.99 per month. Software reads text messages and emails out loud in real-time and automatically responds without drivers touching the mobile phone.
    • www.drivesafe.ly
  • 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
  • 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
  • Overwatch App