Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. 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.
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that 31 percent of drivers admit to talking on a cell phone or texting (either reading incoming or typing outgoing messages) while driving.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) attributes nearly 4,000 auto accidents in 2012 to cell phone distracted driving, nine fatalities and 955 serious injuries.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) section 40-6-241.2, drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Though it is already common knowledge that texting while driving is hazardous, recent studies show that the risks do not seem to dissuade drivers.
The law's penalty also does not appear to be a deterrent as an offender receives only a $150 fine and one point on the driver's record. Despite widespread attention about the dangers of distracted driving including public service announcements and cell phone advertising campaigns, surveys show that an increasing number of people admit to using cell phones while driving.
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.