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 CDC, Georgia was one of the few states that saw a decline in teen driving deaths from 2011 to 2012. Teen drivers' deaths have climbed nationally but in Georgia the number of teen driver fatalities decreased from 37 in 2011 to 23 in 2012; this is also a significant drop from 2002 when Georgia had 45 teen drivers killed on state roads.

The CDC states that automobile collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers. This is attributed to teen drivers' inexperience and recently to a spike in teens who drive while distracted. Several surveys have shown that a majority of teens admit to riding in a car with a teen driver who was distracted by talking on a cell phone or texting.

All drivers in Georgia are prohibited from texting while driving. The law forbids using a cell phone, computer, email or instant messaging device, text messaging device, PDA or similar wireless device to write, send, or read text data while driving. Georgia also bans the use of any handheld or hands-free device by bus drivers and those under 18 years old.

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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