Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). 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.
According to WJBF-TV (a Georgia ABC affiliate), nearly 1,200 people died in Georgia auto accidents in 2012. Of those, nearly 200 involved drivers under 20 years old.
Georgia officers have increased enforcement of graduated driver's license rules such as restrictions on young drivers transporting teen passengers. These regulations were put in place because young drivers are inexperienced and young passengers can lead to distractions.
According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, 75 percent of teen driving accidents involve distracted driving. Among these, the most common distractions are texting and driving, speeding and using a hand-held device such as a cell phone.
Georgia police officials have suggested increased training for young drivers, up to 65 hours of supervised driving. But until the regulations increase, law enforcement has emphasized enforcement of the laws that are currently in place.
Citations for texting and driving and graduated license violations have increased approximately 10 percent in 2013. Traffic fatalities have decreased by over 30 percent in the same time, a correlation the law enforcement officials are claiming is related.
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.