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.
A study recently reported on ABC's "Nightline" indicates that child passengers can be more of a driving distraction than cell phones. The research results are not supported by government motor vehicle safety agencies or consumer safety organizations but have been cited in parenting magazines and by the Automobile Club of America (AAA). Indeed, any parent traveling with squabbling children or crying infants can attest to the distraction.
The Australian research study found that child passengers are 12 times more distracting than using a cell phone while driving. The study also concluded that a driver transporting a child diverts their eyes from the road for over three minutes for every 16 minutes spent driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving contributes to as many as 20 percent of auto accidents. The DOT website, distraction.gov, claims that distracted driving causes almost 5,500 fatalities and 450,000 injuries annually.
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.