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 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 Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Big rig drivers are also prohibited from talking on cell phones while driving. Courts in other states are issuing increasingly harsher penalties against employers when their employees cause distracted driving accidents.
A trucking company in another state was ordered to pay $18 million when one of its employees reached for a cell phone while driving and caused a serious accident. Another company was ordered to pay more than $16 million to victims' families. Employers are being advised to settle out of court in order to avoid the publicity that comes from a large jury penalty.
Accident victims are also using accident reconstruction experts who can determine a driver's cell phone activity when the accident occurred. Data can be analyzed and the precise moment of impact can be calculated in relation to an active phone call or text transmission.
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.