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 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.
Government agencies and private companies have launched campaigns to educate young drivers and their parents about distracted driving dangers. AT&T recently introduced the "It Can Wait" campaign with website information and public service announcements. Toyota targets teen drivers and their parents with an online campaign it is calling "TeenDrive365." The TeenDrive365 website includes tools for parents to talk with their young drivers about safe driving habits. There are videos illustrating how young drivers learn their habits from their parents, a Mutual Driving Agreement to be signed by the teen driver and the parents, tips and quizzes.
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.