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 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police. Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.
Truck and bus drivers have been prohibited from texting while driving since a federal ban was enacted in 2010. Texting truckers are a particular roadway menace because of the size of their vehicles.
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- 69 percent of drivers admitted to talking on a cell phone while driving within the 30 days prior to the survey.
- 31 percent of drivers admitted to texting or reading a text message while driving within 30 days prior to the survey.
A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) study analyzed driving data. It included 4,452 safety-critical events that involved 203 drivers and 55 trucks: accidents, near accidents and lane deviations. The data showed that drivers were engaged in non-driving activities during 71 percent of accidents, 46 percent of near accidents, and 60 percent of all safety-critical events. Texting was the most common distraction in the accidents.
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.