Experienced Help from a Distracted Driving Defense Attorney in Marietta, GA
Mistakes should not define us
Many of spend a good portion of our lives on the road, and because we drive everywhere, we’ve become so comfortable behind the wheel that we assume it is safe to perform other tasks, such as checking our phones, texting, eating or drinking, and even applying makeup on the way to work. But that overconfidence in our ability to multitask can steer us wrong — right into the sight of a police officer, who issues a ticket for distracted driving.
Even worse is when distractions while driving lead to more serious consequences, such as hitting a pedestrian or causing a motorcycle accident. If you’ve been charged with distracted driving that led to an accident, the Law Office of Melvin S. Nash can provide a strong defense that protects your rights and driving privileges.
Types of distracted driving
Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that distracted driving in general has gone down nationally (data shows change from 2014-2015), it has risen slightly for teen drivers, the group most likely to engage in distractions while driving.
There are three types of distractions:
- Visual distractions — Any time drivers take their eyes off the road, usually to check on passengers, review a phone notification, or adjust or view DVD or digital entertainment systems in the car
- Manual distractions — When drivers take their hand(s) off the wheel to manipulate another object, such as a smart phone or GPS system, or to look through a purse or bag for something
- Cognitive distractions — When the driver’s mind is focused on something other than driving and the road, such as talking to another passenger, worrying about work or family, or listening to podcasts and audiobooks
The state of Georgia currently bans texting while driving and has a complete ban on cellphone use for school bus drivers and motorists under 18. These bans are primary offenses, so a person driving distractedly could be pulled over and ticketed for this offense alone.
The penalties for distracted driving are similar to those for any moving violation. If you plead guilty to a distracted driving charge, you could face:
- Suspension of driver’s license
- Car insurance rate increases
If that distracted driving event caused an accident, the penalties could be far costlier:
- Attorney fees
- Court costs
- Insurance deductibles
- Medical expenses for all parties injured
- Funeral expenses in fatal crashes
An auto accident defense lawyer can protect your rights and work toward keeping a distracted driving offense off your record.
If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or you drive for your job in another way, such as in sales, deliveries, or ride share services, you need a clean driving record to ensure continued employment and employability. A distracted driving offense on your record could deeply affect your well-being.
Our attorneys can help you fight a distracted driving charge.
Trust our distracted driving defense attorneys in Marietta to represent your interests
Do not allow a distracted driving charge to remain on your record. If you’ve been cited for distracted driving in the Atlanta metro area, the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash advocates on your behalf to secure the results you need. To schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your claim, call 770.422.0878 or contact our office online. We have six locations throughout metro Atlanta to serve your needs.