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 Shane Smith Law.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (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.
The National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), the only nationwide probability-based observational survey of seatbelt use, estimates that at any point during the day there are approximately 660,000 people driving on American roads while using electronic devices. This makes the CDC figures pale in comparison and leads to suspicion that drivers are underreporting instances of daydreaming, talking, and other forms of distraction when accidents are investigated.
Safety experts acknowledge that distracted driving cannot be eliminated and measures such as Georgia's texting and driving ban represent a small but significant way to reduce risk and save lives.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law.