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IIHS Data Highlights the Dangers of Distracted Driving

The U.S. government’s official website on distracted driving indicates that over 400,000 people were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers in 2012. The increasing popularity and availability of personal electronic devices such as cell phones has resulted in a significant increase in distracted driving incidents. In response to these risks, Georgia and other states have enacted laws intended to keep drivers from engaging in high-distraction activities while operating their vehicles. For example, in Georgia, it has been illegal to text and drive since July 1, 2010. In spite of these regulations, distracted driving accidents continue to occur, sometimes with devastating consequences. Anyone injured by a distracted driver should be sure to contact one of the experienced Brooks personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible in order to determine whether they have a claim.

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicated that drivers using a cell phone were 4 times as likely to get into an accident that caused an injury to themselves. Interestingly, this was true regardless of whether drivers were using hand-held or hands-free devices to communicate. While cell phones and texting are obvious examples of driver distractions, there are many other things that could potential distract drivers. Some of the most common include:
 

  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Using a GPS device
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Talking to other vehicle occupants
  • Applying makeup
  • Searching for items in the car
  • Looking at scenery
  • Reading
  • Drinking

After an accident that you believe may have been caused by a distracted driver, you should be certain to document as much information about the way the accident occurred as possible. An experienced lawyer will be able to review the facts of your case and uncover any evidence of driver distraction, should it exist.

Contact a Brooks car accident attorney for a free consultation

Individuals who have been injured by distracted drivers may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia