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A recent study indicates strong support for instituting tougher restrictions on teen drivers. Contact auto accident attorney Shane Smith if you are a victim.

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). 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 a Clayton County auto accident involving a distracted driver you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to a survey of 1,000 adults by Allstate Insurance, 76 percent favor increasing the minimum age for obtaining a learner's permit to 18 years old. Learner's permits can be obtained in Georgia after someone turns 15.

The survey showed that over 70 percent favor a uniform federal minimum standard that states must follow when establishing graduated driver's license programs. The proposed Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act (STANDUP) would create stricter driver's licensing standards. There is no federal standard currently in place and each state can establish its own licensing regulations.

Georgia enacted Joshua's Law in 2007 which changed the Class D driver's license requirements for teen drivers. According to the law a 16-year-old must complete an approved driver's education course, must have at least 40 hours of supervised driving experience, including at least six hours of driving at night.

Joshua's Law is one part of the Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA), established in Georgia in 1997 to educate young drivers. Over 59 percent of the survey participants favored a three-step licensing system similar to TADRA.

The majority of the survey's respondents, 59 percent, said they are in favor of implementing a three-step licensing program for teenage drivers, such as the one TADRA establishes.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, 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.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia