Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.
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 recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) contracted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), multi-tasking while driving, especially in an activity that requires use of the driver's hands, increased the risk of being in an accident by three times.
The study, called "The Impact of Hand-Held and Hands-Free Cell Phone Use on Driving Performance and Safety Critical Event Risk," included the following conclusions:
- Texting, surfing the Internet and dialing led to the longest periods where the driver had his eyes removed from the road.
- Texting increased the risk of an accident or near-accident by two times and resulted in drivers taking their eyes off the road for an average of 23 seconds.
- Activities performed when completing a phone call (including reaching for a phone, looking up a contact's number and dialing) increased accident risk by three times.
- There is no direct increased crash risk from the specific act of talking on a cell phone. However, activities that require the driver's hands (such as locating the phone, looking at the screen and touching the phone) are directly related to increased accident risk.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police. Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.
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.