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to articles in two peer-reviewed academic journals, a Georgia Tech study has shown that a driver's awareness is superseded by the content of a phone conversation no matter whether the driver's intention is to focus more on his driving. It confirms the study of consciousness, or phenomenology.

A person using a phone, either talking or texting, enters a zone where all other activities are secondary and the primary focus is the phone conversation or text exchange. The study confirmed that having a conversation with a passenger in the car is different than talking or texting. This is because passengers are active participants in the driving experience.

The study also claimed that hands-free technology gives drivers a false sense of security. It claims that voice-controlled texting and dashboard apps are distractions even though they are designed to keep a driver's hands and eyes away from a phone.

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.

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