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Government Creates Guidelines for Vehicle Manufacturers to Create Fewer Distractions

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

 

Consulting a Gwinnett 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 Gwinnett County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued first in a series of guidelines to vehicle manufacturers in an effort to reduce driving distractions. The guidelines target light vehicles, including cars, SUVs, minivans, trucks and other vehicles that are less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

 

The Phase I proposed guidelines for manufacturers aim to limit the time it takes for a driver to take their eyes off the road to operate electronic systems or devices.

 

The new guideline recommendations seek to reduce the devices' complexities. Also suggested is that devices be able to be operated while maintaining one hand on the steering wheel and diverting the driver's eyes from the road for no more than two seconds.

 

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Gwinnett County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia