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New Legislation Would Allow Police to Search Cell Phones after Accidents

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. 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.

 

Legislation was proposed in another state that would allow police officers to confiscate cell phones following an accident if they have "reasonable grounds" to believe that the driver was distracted when the accident occurred. The phone would be returned to the driver after the officer investigated the call log and text history. The legislator cited the increasing incidence of distracted driving as his motivation for introducing the bill.

 

The American Civil Liberties Union vowed to get involved and claimed that the search was a constitutional violation against unreasonable searches and seizures.

 

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