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 a study by the Virginia Tech Driving Institute, people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in an accident. Despite the popular stereotype, a study by the Pew Research Center revealed that 47 percent of adults admit to texting while driving and only 34 percent of teenagers say they have texted while driving. Adults are also more likely than teenagers to talk on the phone while driving, 75 percent to 52 percent.
An app for the Blackberry created by Car and Driver and Chrysler can read an incoming text to a driver. The app can be used with a Bluetooth and will read the text and send an autoreply that the recipient is currently driving. The app, called "Txt U L8r," is one of many that is designed to prevent distracted driving.
Additional apps—More intricate apps such as AT&T's "DriveMode" (free), "OneProtect" ($6.95 per month or $76.45 per year), and "Textecution" ($29.99) prevent calls and texts from coming in or going out when the app detects that the phone is traveling over a certain speed. The speed can be set by the user.
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.