Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.
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 recent study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) contracted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dialing, texting or reaching for a mobile device while driving raises the risk of an accident or near-accident, especially for younger drivers. It also concluded that talking on the phone was not extraordinarily dangerous. However, researchers noted that it is hard to talk on a phone without first reaching for it or dialing a number.
Prior research suggested that risky driving increases when people use mobile devices, particularly teen drivers. The 15-to-20-year-old age group accounts for 6 percent of all drivers but 10 percent of traffic deaths and 14 percent of police-reported auto accidents with injuries.
The study's results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
According to the NHTSA, distracted driving causes over 6,000 fatalities and over 515,000 people being injured annually. These figures are estimates based on data collected from police reports; federal studies indicate that the numbers could be much higher when considering accidents and injuries that are not reported to the police. Deaths from texting-related accidents are estimated to be around 16,000.
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.