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 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 the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 6-year-old girl was recently killed in a local auto accident. Local police report that the accident happened at dusk, and the sun's glare could have contributed to the accident. The driver of a small car did not yield to a large truck at a major intersection, causing the truck to strike the car on the passenger's side. The girl was ejected from the car despite being restrained by a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Conflicting eyewitness testimony has complicated the investigation as multiple witnesses have claimed that both vehicles had green lights. The police report did not indicate that there were any additional anomalies in the traffic signals. Neither the truck driver nor the car's driver were injured in the accident and both reported the crash from their cell phones. Police suspect one or both drivers may have been on their phones when the accident occurred.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Big rig drivers are also prohibited from talking on cell phones while driving. Courts in other states are issuing increasingly harsher penalties against employers when their employees cause distracted driving accidents.
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.