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Study—Distracted Driving Six Times More Dangerous than Focused Driving

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

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 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 50 percent of all drivers engage in some type of secondary behavior while driving. Texting while driving was found to be the most common distracted driving activity.

Car and Driver Magazine recently performed an unscientific test comparing distracted driving by texting with drunk and sober driving. Cars were outfitted with a red light to alert drivers when to brake. Drivers were measured on how long it took to brake when sober, when driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent, when sober and reading an email and when sober and sending a text.

When sober and undistracted, drivers took an average of 0.54 seconds to brake. Drivers with a BAC over 0.08 percent required four additional feet of braking distance. An additional 36 feet of braking distance was necessary for reading an email, and 70 feet more was needed for sending a text.

Georgia prohibits texting and driving for all drivers. Those under 18 years old and bus drivers may not use cell phones while driving.

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.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia