According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text are 23 times more likely to get into a serious accident than non-distracted drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distinguishes distracted driving three ways: visual (a driver taking his eyes from the road), manual (a driver taking his hands off the wheel) and cognitive (a driver taking his mind off his driving). Texting combines all three distraction types and therefore is especially dangerous.
Distracted driving accidents killed 3,092 people in 2010 according to the United States Department of Transportation. It is estimated that an additional 416,000 people were injured in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. That is exactly what happened in 2010 to 19-year-old Soheb Roy of Lilburn.
Roy suffered severe head trauma in a single vehicle accident caused when he was texting while driving. Roy crashed into a telephone pole with such force that the pole broke in two. Police charged Roy with improper use of a cell phone while driving and failure to maintain lanes. Roy later denied that he was texting at the time of the accident despite admitting to multiple police officers at the scene that he was.
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.
Texting and driving is illegal in Georgia pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated section 40-6-241. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that enforcement of Georgia's texting and driving ban is nearly nonexistent. In over two years since the law went into effect there has been an average of less than 50 convictions per month. In 2011, nearly 4,000 accidents in Georgia were attributed to distracted driving and cell phone use; nearly 1,000 accidents resulted in injury and nine were fatal crashes. Clayton County convicted only 20 people for distracted driving.
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.