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Study—One in Three Drivers in the United States Read or Send Texts and Mail While Driving

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

 

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured each day in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. The study defined "distracted driving" as driving while doing another activity that diverts attention away from driving. It is generally identified as using a hand-held device such as a cell phone, eating, grooming, adjusting the radio or air conditioner.

 

In 2010, over 18 percent of auto accidents where someone was injured involved distracted driving.

 

The CDC study analyzed 2011 data on distracted driving. Among the study's findings:

 

  • In the United States, 69 percent of drivers aged 18 to 64 admitted that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
  • By comparison, 21 percent of those surveyed in Great Britain and 59 percent of those in Portugal admitted that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
  • In the United States, 31 percent of drivers aged 18 to 64 admitted that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
  • The highest percentage of drivers who texted while driving was in Portugal (31 percent) and the lowest was in Spain (15 percent).

 

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