Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, it is estimated that 18 percent of auto accidents that year involved distracted drivers.
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.
A 47-year-old Brunswick man was arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, and distracted driving after he struck and killed an 81-year-old pedestrian while texting and driving. According to police reports the pedestrian was in the crosswalk and crossing with the light when she was killed.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Though it is already common knowledge that texting while driving is hazardous, recent studies show that the risks do not seem to dissuade drivers.
According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 660,000 people at any daylight moment are using their cell phones while driving. The government agency asserts that most drivers "know that texting while driving is a dangerous behavior." Yet many of these people are in denial of their own impaired driving, refusing to see that their driving competence decreases when distracted.
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.