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 a car 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 a car accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a man from another state was cited in Georgia for "driving while eating." The man was allegedly stopped while he was eating a double quarter-pounder with cheese.
Georgia law states that drivers shall not "engage in any actions which shall distract" them from safely operating their automobile. In this case, the citation did not indicate that the driver showed any signs of distracted driving.
O.C.G.A. Section 40-6-241 states:
A driver shall exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state and shall not engage in any actions which shall distract such driver from the safe operation of such vehicle, provided that, except as prohibited by Code Sections 40-6-241.1 and 40-6-241.2, the proper use of a radio, citizens band radio, mobile telephone, or amateur or ham radio shall not be a violation of this Code section.
According to the AAA 2014 Report to the Legislature, distracted driving is any activity that might divert a driver's attention away from driving. These types of distractions include the following actions while driving:
- Talking on a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming or applying makeup
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
- Using maps or a navigation system (GPS)
- Watching a video
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. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence.