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, hands-free technologies make it easier for drivers to text and talk on the phone, but they also create dangerous mental distractions. The research found that as mental workload and distractions increase, reaction time decreases. This causes drivers to miss visual cues and could result in drivers not identifying their immediate surroundings, including stop signs and pedestrians.
Based on the research, AAA is recommending that the automotive and electronics industries to consider the following:
- Limiting use of hands-free technology to core driving-related activities such as climate control, windshield wipers and cruise control.
- Disabling certain functionalities of hands-free technologies such as social media, e-mail and texting so they are inoperable while an automobile is in motion.
- Educating automobile owners and mobile device users about the responsible use and safety risks for mobile devices.
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.