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 a car 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 a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, texting while driving creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted.
Texting and driving is a misdemeanor in Georgia punishable by a $150 fine pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-241. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that enforcement of Georgia's texting and driving ban is nearly nonexistent. In over two years since the law went into effect there has been an average of less than 50 convictions per month. In 2011, nearly 4,000 accidents in Georgia were attributed to distracted driving and cell phone use; nearly 1,000 accidents resulted in injury and nine were fatal crashes. Clayton County convicted only 20 people for distracted driving.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood encouraged states in 2011 to create laws prohibiting texting while driving. Secretary LaHood proposed that states model their texting-while-driving prohibitions after existing DUI laws, thus making it a crime to text and drive.
Distracted driving is any activity that might divert a driver's attention away from driving. These types of distractions include the following actions while driving:
- Talking on a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Grooming or applying makeup
- Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
- Using maps or a navigation system (GPS)
- Watching a video
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. We can assist you in every stage of your case including obtaining the available evidence, so give us a call at (770) 487-8999 for your free consultation today.