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 five year study by State Farm Insurance, texting and driving has not increased in recent years. However, a more disturbing trend was identified: the incidence of surfing the Internet while driving has nearly doubled, from 13 percent in 2009 to 24 percent of drivers in 2013.
Surfing and driving encompasses all forms of Internet searching: from Googling information to posting on Facebook, viewing images on Pinterest, reading articles on news sites or checking stock quotes.
The problem is especially prevalent among younger drivers. Over 29 percent of those under 20 years old admitted to surfing while driving.
While addressing texting and driving it was noted that a driver traveling at 55 miles per hour who looks at a cell phone for five seconds will travel the length of a football field without looking at the road. A driver who surfs while driving likely has his eyes diverted from the road for even longer.
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.