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New Measures Encouraged to Raise Distracted Driving Awareness

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 Georgia law enforcement officials over 20 percent of fatal accidents in 2012 involved a driver under 20 years old. These officials believe that inexperienced drivers need more supervised driving time; some are advocating for over 60 hours of supervised driving before a young driver can obtain a license. In the meantime, auto insurance officials are emphasizing the need to enforce laws that currently exist including graduated driver's license regulations.


Representatives from an auto insurance company recently brought seven high school- and college-aged drivers to a closed race track in another state. Driving exercises were planned where the young drivers could use their cell phones in various scenarios while in the controlled setting. The drivers were told to drive while talking on the phone, while having a texting conversation, while checking a GPS map, changing the radio station, adjusting the air conditioner and once while focusing exclusively on driving. Each driver made a self-analysis following each exercise.


The young drivers each participated in the various staged scenarios. The driving instructors graded the students' driving during each scenario and found that driving errors consistently increased for the distracted scenarios.


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.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia