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Automakers' Race to the Top Inadvertently Encourages Distracted Driving

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 Fayette 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 Fayette County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

Ford Motor Company conducted anti-distracted driving workshops at high schools across the country. Ford's high school clinics urge students to switch off cell phones and texting devices while driving. These efforts come as part of MADD's "Driving Skills for Life Program".

 

Ford Motor Company admits that there is an increasing demand for electronic gadgets in cars.  Ford's voice-activated systems allow users to make phone calls and read text messages without taking their hands off the steering wheel.

 

According to a West Virginia University report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, distracted driving is one of the major threats to American motorist safety. Distracted driving causes more than 300,000 injuries each year and an estimated 2,600 fatalities. According to the report, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving increased significantly between 2005 and 2009.

 

The researchers concluded that automakers must create technology that would limit or eliminate the ability to make cell phone calls or send or receive text messages or e-mails while a car is in motion. More drastic suggestions included disabling cell phones entirely while a car is in motion, making use of cell phone apps impossible.

 

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


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia