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 Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.
According to CNET.com, new technology is being developed that could enable law enforcement agencies to detect if a vehicle is actively texting while in motion. The radar monitors cell phone frequencies used for texting. The device in development can discern between texting and calling, an important detail since phone use is permitted for some Georgia drivers while texting is banned.
Privacy rights advocates have expressed concern that the technology could enable law enforcement to monitor the content of a texting conversation. Additionally, it was unclear if the device would be able to discern between a driver texting and a vehicle's passenger. If it could not then the device would only be definitive in cases where a vehicle had no passengers. This could also raise constitutional questions about selective or discriminatory enforcement.
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.