Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). 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.
Popular website DoSomething.org created a "Thumb Wars" campaign to call attention to the dangers of distracted driving caused by texting. The site distributed over 80,000 "thumb socks" that prevented a user's thumb from being used to text. Videos included famous personalities such as Ken Jeong and Joel McHale. The site also awarded scholarships for user-submitted thumb sock videos.
In addition to the DoSomething.org campaign, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) introduced its own campaign that hopes to raise awareness of the increasing distracted driving problem. Each week for four weeks a new video was released in support of the Federal Highway Administration's Toward Zero Deaths initiative to reduce distracted driving accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 20 percent of all fatal auto accidents and over 20 percent of all injury accidents involve distracted driving. Though public awareness is increasing, enforcement of bans on the behavior has been lacking.
In an effort to increase enforcement the DOT is offering $550,000 for pilot projects designed to increase enforcement of the laws. Two states received $275,000 for anti-texting enforcement programs.