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Telecom Company CEO Addresses Distracted Driving Problem

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 Fayette 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 Fayette County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), driving while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol. The study estimated that drivers engage in secondary behavior during more than half of their time spent driving. This is a factor in more than one million national car crashes and 16 percent of fatal accidents annually.


The AT&T chairman and chief executive officer recently opened a meeting that was scheduled to discuss the state of the telecom industry by mentioning impaired driving. He later discussed the distracted driving epidemic.


The chairman and CEO stated that smart phones are being used inappropriately and leading to injuries and accidents. AT&T advocated for widespread dissemination of the public announcement while remaining steadfast in its opposition to stricter laws intended to restrict or prevent cell phone use while driving. Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, has publicly championed state and federal legislation to ban texting while driving.


AT&T created a DriveMode app for Android and BlackBerry phones that disables texting capability when the phone is traveling faster than 25 mph. The free app was launched in 2012 but is not compatible with the iPhone, the most popular smart phone on the market.


If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Fayette County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia