Many people are of the opinion that distracted driving is more dangerous than smoking. Let’s think of all of the ways that Georgia drivers can become distracted and cause accidents on the Georgia roadways. Believe me, as an Atlanta personal injury lawyer that has represented hundreds of injured clients, I have heard about most of these ways. Not long ago, there was a famous case in Cobb County in which a driver was pulled over by the police and cited for EATING A HAMBURGER WHILE DRIVING, or (“AHWD”) as I like to call it. I do remember that the charges against this man were eventually dropped (someone correct me if I am wrong about this). However, the point that should be noted is: It IS a crime and the driver should be cited, if he is eating the hamburger and enjoying it so much that his attention is taken away from the road and he endangers the lives of others. I love hamburgers and the crew in my office has been on a constant hunt for the best hamburger in Atlanta, but not behind the wheel. Eating a hamburger is no different from some of the other, more common, ways that drivers become distracted on Georgia roads such as: Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) of drugs or alcohol, checking their smart phone, texting, changing the radio stations, inputting new information on the navigation app, taking pictures from bridges and of scenery, talking to others in the car that are in the back seat, teenagers playing jokes and covering the eyes of the driver, eating breakfast (yes, I’ve had clients that have been hit and seriously injured by an at-fault driver that was eating her morning bowl of cereal), eating lunch (yes, I have had clients who have been hit and seriously injured by an at-fault driver that was eating lunch, but not the hamburger eater above, eating dinner (yes, I have had clients who have been hit and seriously injured by an at-fault driver that was eating dinner behind the wheel), engaging in sex acts while driving, throwing garbage out the window, searching for something on the floorboard of the car, putting on makeup, taking off makeup, shopping for makeup (make up and driving have a way of ending up in related wrecks), Snap chatting, Facebooking, watching TV and movies, trying to take off the seatbelt, trying to put on the seatbelt, … the list is endless.
The point is: almost any activity, which on its face may seem innocuous, becomes a potentially serious and life-threatening situation if done behind the wheel of a car or truck. Don’t do it.
Attorney Robert J. Fleming has been handling wrongful death cases, automobile accident cases, personal injury cases, dental malpractice and medical malpractice lawsuits for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 20 years in and around Atlanta, Georgia and its surrounding areas, including Alpharetta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Duluth, Decatur, Doraville, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna. If you have been seriously injured and would like quality legal representation, contact Robert J. Fleming directly on (404) 525-5150 or contact us online.