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 Shane Smith Law.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of all teenage deaths from 1999 to 2006 were caused by auto accidents. Deaths related to alcohol use for teens decreased from the prior 7-year statistics. However, the CDC attributes increasing distracted driving for more teen deaths. It was noted in the report that distracted driving was not statistically recorded until 1999.
Researchers believe that the use of mobile devices while driving is the main factor accounting for the increase in teenage auto accident fatalities. The decreased visibility from nighttime driving, inexperienced drivers, and driving distractions created a dangerous combination and likely led to the increased fatalities.
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.