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Texting and driving laws in Tennessee

Most people in Tennessee probably have a smart phone at this time. They can allow people to be much more productive by having the ability to communicate in a variety of ways as well as view important documents needed for work. Due to this, many people also feel the need to stay connected at all times and communicate with others at all times. One popular way of doing this is by texting.

This can be an easy way of communicating in a variety of different settings. However, it can also be a dangerous one if the person is driving a car. In order to text people need to take their eyes off the road and look at their phone. While it may not seem like a very long time, even taking one’s eyes off the road for a couple seconds can lead to car wrecks.

That is why it is illegal in Tennessee for people to text and drive. The prohibition also includes using the phone to look at websites or apps while driving. Also, people are not allowed to text at any point in time while they are on a road. This includes when they are stopped at stoplights. If people want to text while in their vehicle, they must be legally parked at the time. The prohibition goes even further for young drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 or those with an instruction permit are not allowed to even talk on their phone while driving.

The victims of these accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries as a result. These injuries can completely change the victims’ lives and be extremely costly as well. The victims of these accidents may be entitled to compensation though. This can be very valuable as medical expenses and lost income can add up very quickly. Victims of these accidents have rights and experienced attorneys may be able to help protect them.

Source:, “Georgia Code Title 40. Motor Vehicles and Traffic § 40-6-241.2” accessed on Oct. 31, 2017


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