After six years of steady declines the number of traffic fatalities increased in the first nine months of 2012. A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died in auto accidents from January through September compared to 23,884 during the same period in 2011.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to the NHTSA, August is the most dangerous month to drive and Saturday is the most dangerous day. The study reported that over 40,000 people are killed in auto accidents each year. Auto accidents are also the leading cause of death for people under 34 years old.
The study indicated three factors that lead to more auto fatalities:
- Increased daylight
- Increased traffic
- Increased distractions/unsafe driving behavior
The study reviewed accident reports from the NHTSA, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety. Correlations were found between evening driving and alcohol-related fatalities. The data indicated that 18 percent of fatalities were alcohol-related while 64 percent of alcohol-related accidents happened in the evening. Fatalities involving people not wearing seat belts also increased at night and a correlation was made to alcohol consumption; 57 percent of evening accident victims were not wearing seat belts while 24 percent of daytime accident victims did not buckle up. Additionally, speeding was directly correlated to alcohol consumption and was a contributing cause to evening accidents. The study found that 30 percent of all accidents included excess speed as a contributing cause.
The fewest accident fatalities occurred on Tuesdays and Wednesdays while the greatest numbers occurred on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.