Distracted driving has become the ‘drunk driving of this generation' in the sense that it’s a public safety threat that we need to combat just like we began doing many years ago with drinking and driving.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 15, 2012
Atlanta car accident lawyer Bruce Millar said today that new federal statistics showing a rise in distracted driving deaths should be a wake-up call for Georgia motorists– especially the state’s younger drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released figures this week indicating that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from 2010. Georgia reflected the national trend. The state’s number of fatal car crashes declined by 1.9 percent as well, going from 1,247 in 2010 to 1,223 in 2011.
However, according to the NHTSA, distracted driving-related fatalities actually increased by 1.9 percent in 2011, rising to 3,331 fatal car crashes compared to 3,267 in 2010.
This indicates the need for a strong campaign to combat distracted driving, said Millar of Millar & Mixon, LLC, whose Atlanta personal injury lawyers provide legal help to victims of Georgia distracted driving accidents and their families.
“Distracted driving has become the ‘drunk driving of this generation' in the sense that it’s a public safety threat that we need to combat just like we began doing many years ago with drinking and driving,” Millar said.
The Atlanta car accident lawyer pointed to NHTSA stats showing that alcohol-impaired driving fatalities continued a downward trend in 2011 by falling by 2.5 percent.
“Drunk driving is still a major concern, but there’s no doubt that spreading awareness, strengthening law enforcement and holding careless drivers accountable through our civil justice system has contributed to a steady decline over the years in drunk driving accidents,” Millar said. “We need to approach distracted driving with that same urgency and seriousness.”
According to the NHTSA, 40 percent of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. The 20-under age group has the highest proportion of distracted drivers, the NHTSA says.
“We need to instill in this generation that distracted driving can be deadly on our roads,” Millar said. “And we also need to stress that distracted drivers will be held fully accountable if their careless conduct harms another.”
“It may not happen overnight, but we are convinced that a truly concerted effort against distracted driving could turn the trend around and save many lives in Georgia and across the country.”
About Millar & Mixon, LLC
The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, focuses on representing persons injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bus and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm also handles DUI cases, slip and fall injuries and animal attacks and bites, among other personal injury claims. Since 1993 Atlanta attorney Bruce Millar has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $60 million for his clients.
The firm represents Georgia accident and injury clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Riverdale, Lawrenceville, Athens and Macon. The firm’s Atlanta office is located at Colony Square, 1201 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30361 (local phone (770) 477-6360). For more information, call (877) 361-1053 or contact the firm through its online form.