Wearing headphones while driving in Georgia is an issue that has caused confusion among drivers. The short answer is that it is illegal to wear headphones, earbuds, or earplugs in both ears while driving in the state of Georgia. This includes any type of device that covers both ears and blocks out sound from the environment around you. It's important to understand the laws surrounding this issue so that you can stay safe on Georgia roads and understand another driver's potential liability after an accident.
What Happens to Georgia Drivers Who Wear Headphones and Cause Car Accidents?
Drivers in Georgia who are caught wearing headphones, earbuds, or earplugs while driving face potential penalties. Whether or not an accident occurs, the driver may face the following consequences:
- $50 fine and one point on their license for a first offense
- $100 fine and two points on their license for a second offense
- $150 fine and three points on their license for third and subsequent offenses
If a driver wore headphones, earbuds, or earplugs during an accident and the other party involved in the accident attempts to sue them for negligence, the driver may find themselves liable for any resulting damages. The fact that they were wearing headphones while driving can be used as evidence that they were not paying attention on the road. Therefore, they may be legally responsible for causing the accident. The driver, or the driver's insurance company, could be required to pay for accident damages, including but not limited to past and future:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
What to Do if You're Hurt in a Crash Caused by a Driver Wearing Headphones
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident with a driver who was wearing headphones at the time of the crash, it is essential to seek legal help as soon as possible. An experienced Atlanta car accident attorney can review your case and help you determine if the other driver may be liable for damages. If so, they can assist you in filing a claim and fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Don't wait to get started on your case. Contact Rechtman & Spevak today by calling 404-355-2688 or completing our online contact form.