Distracted driving can be dangerous on Georgia roads and others throughout the country. In the time it takes to read a single text message, a vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour will cover the length of a football field. Further research indicates that drivers who are distracted for any reason are more likely to get into an accident in a highway work zone.

Specifically, drivers are 29 times likelier to get in a crash while using a cell phone or being distracted by another passenger in such an area. There are many ways in which public policy could change to make it less probable that people will engage in distracted driving. A few ideas include an outright ban on texting while driving or improving driver education programs. It may also be possible to create new technology, such as vehicles that drive themselves, to help combat the problem.

The researchers involved in the study used data from the Naturalistic Driving Study that was conducted by the Strategic Highway Research Program. A naturalistic study allowed the research team to get a better idea of how an accident occurred or what could have caused it to happen. The researchers acknowledge that they can’t know for sure why any individual crash happened and that they based their conclusions off this evidence.

In a personal injury case, it may be possible to ask for compensation to pay for medical bills or other damages. This may happen if an injury was caused by negligence. If a driver was distracted, impaired or drowsy while operating a motor vehicle, negligence may be the cause of the crash. In some cases, distraction may cause a driver to not heed a stop sign or traffic light. An attorney may help gather evidence in such a matter.