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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents: Important Info from a Personal Injury Attorney in Henry County, Georgia

More than 1,100 people are killed or injured from distracted driving accidents every day.  In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that distracted drivers cause more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 400,000 injuries every year. 

Motorists in Henry County, Georgia can’t afford to divert their attention from the road, as we are home to many busy intersections, thoroughfares and major highways.  As local personal injury attorneys located in Stockbridge, we work to raise awareness of distracted driving and lend our expertise to help the victims of distracted driving accidents.   

What is a “Distracted Driver?”

In a recent report released by the NHTSA, a “distracted driver” is someone who diverts their attention away from driving to focus on another activity.  The report categorizes distractions into three major categories:

  1. Visual distraction: When the driver looks away from the roadway

  2. Manual distraction: When the driver to takes one (or both) hands off the steering wheel

  3. Cognitive Distraction: When the driver is thinking about something other than driving, to the point they are not at all focused on the road conditions and other motorists

Distracted driving is not limited to one of these categories.  In fact, research shows that texting can involve all three distraction categories - manual, visual, and cognitive - at the same time and is among the most dangerous of all driver distractions.  Even tasks that involve only one of the three categories can significantly increase the risk of a car accident if the driver does it frequently or for long periods of time.

While anyone can be a distracted driver, young people are especially at risk.  A national survey about distracted driving attitudes and behavior* revealed that young drivers (age 18-20 years old) were more likely to admit being involved in a crash or near-crash while using a cell phone. The same survey revealed that drivers under the age of 25 are also 2 to 3 times more likely to send text messages or emails while driving.

Victims of distracted drivers suffer greatly from the other party’s simple lack of focus.  If you have been injured in a car accident that was caused by a distracted driver, you need an experienced personal injury attorney at your side to pursue the best possible compensation available.  For more information on this topic, or to schedule a FREE personal injury consultation, email attorney John Webb at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia.  Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

* The study was published in 2011 by Tison, Chaudhary and Cosgrove

 

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