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Georgia Youth Education

Georgia Car Accident Lawyer Shane Smith Talks About Georgia’s Youth Education Program to Combat Personal Injuries and Death

The State of Georgia is committed to reducing the number of injuries and deaths for all of its citizens, residents and tourists. It has programs that focus on different demographics. One program is the Georgia Young Adult Program.

Recent Statistics show that although young individuals (defined as 16 to 20 years of age) only make up seven percent of the state’s population, 13 percent or 229 of all auto accident-caused deaths were sustained by individuals in this demographic, according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).   

Based on research from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 64 percent of this demographic who suffered severe injuries or died from a car crash were not wearing restraints in their vehicles.  

As part of their mission to educate and dissuade this demographic from engaging in destructive behaviors, including those involving a motor vehicle, they have many programs to do their best to reduce the number of severe injuries and deaths they suffer and how their negative behavior may impact innocent individuals in Georgia.

If you or another family member has been injured or killed by a negligent or reckless individual in this demographic or any motor vehicle operator, speaking with a Gwinnett County car accident attorney is highly recommended to determine what legal rights you have.

According to the GOHS, there are many things the State of Georgia and this program can and has done to educate and inform this age demographic:

  • Students and similar aged individuals can experience the sensation of rolling over in car, driving drunk or having reduced vision in a controlled environment. Simulators are able to show students how they would feel and explain what injuries or death they might experience if they take the risky behavior.
  • If teenagers have made the choice to drink underage, but are educated on the “Watchdawgs” program the University of Georgia has put in place, for example, they can still avert the potential for serious injuries or deaths of innocent victims or those of themselves by having a designated driver ride along with them or pick them up to get them home or medical attention if they are under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol.

These types of public safety programs are put in place to reach out to children and young adults. However, like every program, nothing is 100 percent effective. If a driver is negligent or reckless in their behavior and that behavior causes an accident, and you or your family member has been injured or killed speaking with a Georgia car accident attorney is highly advised. When you have been wronged by an at-fault party, a personal injury claim may exist, however, the only way to determine that is by talking with a North Metro car accident attorney.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia