Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Additionally, it is estimated that 18 percent of auto accidents that year involved distracted drivers.
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 Georgia law enforcement officials over 20 percent of fatal accidents in 2012 involved a driver under 20 years old. Many of the accidents are attributed to distracted driving or it is at least a contributing factor. Auto insurance companies have joined forces with local schools in an effort to increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
Atlanta's Cambridge High School featured a presentation co-sponsored by auto insurance companies, Drive Smart Georgia and the PTSA that emphasized the dangers of distracted driving. Students drove a simulator that mimicked driving distractions where the driver could not see the road for up to five seconds. It also simulated driving in extreme weather conditions and the students wore "drunk goggles" that distorted vision similar to how someone impaired by intoxication might view the road.
According to a study by the Foundation for Traffic Safety, teen drivers are about 50 percent more likely to be involved in an accident in their first month of unsupervised driving than they are after a year of driving experience. The incidence of fatal auto accidents is four times higher for drivers aged 16 to 19, based on miles driven, than for drivers aged 25 to 69.
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.