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 an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
The Fourth Annual Crash Course Teen Driving Summit included a simulation of the dangers of distracted driving. Teens attending the summit wore goggles that simulated drunkenness and tried walking in a straight line as a police officer might require in a field sobriety test. Driving simulators included games that mimicked driving conditions and teens were simulated while texting. Though the summit's exercises were non-scientific studies, the teen participants averaged crashing the simulated car within 10 seconds of texting while traveling 35 miles an hour. The teen drivers rear-ended vehicles that merged in front of them, drove off the road and side-swiped vehicles in neighboring lanes.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
A majority of drivers between 18 and 20 years old admitted to using a cell phone at the time of a crash or near-crash. Despite this, the drivers believe that using a cell phone does not impact driving performance. Additionally, more than 70 percent of the teenage drivers who had been involved in accidents rated themselves at least "above average" drivers.
The same report revealed that half of all drivers admit to eating and drinking while driving, 40 percent say they adjust their GPS while driving, 20 percent put on makeup or brush their hair, and 15 read a newspaper or study a map 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.