According to a study by Toyota Motor Corp. and the University of Michigan, parents do not realize how often their teens are texting and driving. The survey found that teens either read or sent text messages while driving 26 times more frequently than their parents believed they did. It also found that 69 percent of teen drivers drive with other teens without any adults in the car. The survey gathered responses from more than 5,500 teenage drivers and their parents.
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 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 a auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Texting and driving is illegal in the majority of states including Georgia. In Georgia it is prohibited pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-241. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that enforcement of Georgia's texting and driving ban is nearly nonexistent. In over two years since the law went into effect there has been an average of less than 50 convictions per month. In 2011, nearly 4,000 accidents in Georgia were attributed to distracted driving and cell phone use; nearly 1,000 accidents resulted in injury and nine were fatal crashes. Clayton County convicted only 20 people for distracted driving.
Toyota reported that that it studied teen driving behavior because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that auto accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. Approximately 7 drivers between ages 16 and 19 die in auto accidents each day according to the CDC.
The survey analyzed two behaviors that are often components of graduated licensing programs. Many such programs forbid teen drivers from having teenage passengers when an adult is not present. In addition, many graduated licensing programs forbid teen drivers from using any electronic device while driving. This prohibition extends to both talking and texting. The survey showed that 54 percent of teen drivers admit to using hand-held devices while driving.
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. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.