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 a report by the National Safety Council (NSC), 24 percent of auto accidents involve cell phone use. However, the report includes the notation that this estimate is probably low because distracted driving is underreported in accident reports.
WAGA-TV (Atlanta's FOX affiliate) recently did an unscientific study by recording the number of drivers who were talking or texting on cell phones at a busy intersection at lunch time. The reporter counted 72 drivers using cell phones during five traffic light cycles including a police officer who was texting.
According to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of deaths of drivers ages 16 and 17 increased by 19 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011.
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.