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Georgia Distracted Driving Laws May not Protect Others

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

 

Consulting a Fayette County attorney after a car 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 a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241 prohibits distracted driving. However, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted a study regarding the enforcement of this law and found unequal enforcement. Specifically, certain counties rarely enforced it while others issued a greater number of citations.

 

According to Georgia's Department of Driver Services (DDS), fewer than 2,000 people had been convicted of distracted driving while over 22,000 drivers were convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the same time period. In 2011, nearly 4,000 auto accidents were attributed to distracted driving; of these, nearly 1,000 resulted in serious injury and nine resulted in deaths.

 

Gwinnett County has more distracted driving convictions than any other county and has more than all other counties combined. Gwinnett County had over 600 convictions in the same period where Fayette County convicted only 20 people.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Fayette County uto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia