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 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police. Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.
AT&T recently performed a study which indicated that adults actually text more while driving than teen drivers do, contrary to popular belief. Laws have been passed in over 40 states that prohibit texting and driving but enforcement is difficult. Police officials have complained that officers must definitively see a driver texting. Some states that have texting bans allow cell phone use; officers often have difficulty discerning texting from dialing a phone number. Despite the laws prohibiting texting and driving, a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that 69 percent of drivers admitted to using their cell phones while driving and nearly half admitted to texting while driving.
AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and 200 additional organizations combined for a public service campaign called "It Can Wait," using a slogan created by AT&T. The campaign included online information as well as public service announcements on television and radio.
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.