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 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 82 percent of those surveyed indicated that distracted driving was a serious problem. However, nearly half of those surveyed admitted to talking on their cell phones while driving during the previous 30-day period. Additionally, 14 percent admitted to having read or sent a text message while driving.
A similar study about distracted driving by the Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports showed that younger drivers are much more likely to use handheld devices while driving. A majority of this demographic group did not view this practice as wrong or dangerous.
Among the study's findings:
- For those 30 years old and younger, 63 percent reported that they had used a handheld device while driving during the prior 30-day period and 30 percent admitted to texting and driving during that same time period.
- For drivers over 40 years old, 41 percent reported using their handheld device during the previous 30 days and 9 percent admitted to texting and driving.
- For those 30 years old and younger, only 36 percent expressed concern about distracted driving. Only 30 percent thought it was dangerous to use a handheld device while driving.
- Overall, 64 percent of respondents had observed other drivers texting while driving in the previous 30 days.
- 94 percent of respondents had observed drivers talking on a cell phone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (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.