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Georgia Employers Enact Policies to Reduce Distracted Driving


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11/28/2014
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Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in automobile crashes involving a distracted driver.

 

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to a survey by the National Safety Council, over 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies have created a policy that prevents employees from using cell phones while driving. Of the companies that had created such policies, over 50 percent had done so since 2008.

Distracted driving awareness has been emphasized during the current presidential administration.

In 2009, it was announced that there was a ban on cell phone use while driving by federal employees in government-issued vehicles. Many private employers have followed suit, creating policies that require employees to refrain from using cell phones while driving.

Several companies explained that their policies were a mutual product of safety and liability. Employers face liability issues if an employee was in an accident and he was required to remain in contact with an office while driving. Several large lawsuits and settlements have scared companies into creating policies that prohibit cell phone use while driving company vehicles.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.



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