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New Federal Campaign Calls Attention to Distracted Driving Dangers

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.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled a 30-second video that is running on networks and on websites graphically illustrates the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign is done in conjunction with new law enforcement efforts, particularly the enforcement of laws through citations. The advertising campaign will cost $8.5 million and offers the subtle message that a citation, while expensive, will not cost a driver's life. According to a NHTSA study, stronger enforcement coupled with increased education is effective in communicating a message.

 

According to the 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.

 

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