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), school zones are supposed to have speed limits slow enough for drivers to stop quickly without harming a child pedestrian. However, the increase in distracted driving and distracted walking has caused the NHTSA to question whether school zone speed limits are low enough to protect pedestrians.
The CDC estimates that 25,000 children in the United States are injured each year while commuting to or from school. Nearly 25 percent of traffic fatalities for children under age 14 are pedestrian deaths.
The CDC estimates that over 18 percent of female drivers going through a school zone are distracted compared with 15 percent of male drivers.
The study documented the following distractions:
- Nearly 10 percent of drivers in a school zone were using a handheld electronic device.
- Over 4 percent of drivers were smoking, or consuming food or beverages.
- Nearly 2 percent of drivers in a school zone were either reaching behind them or looking behind them.
- Drivers in minivans and SUVs were the most likely to be distracted
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.