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Study Finds Speeding Is an Increasing Factor in Fatal Teen Accidents

According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 23,640 fatalities on Georgia's highways between 1994 and 2008. Not surprisingly, the most urban area, Fulton County, had 124 deaths. Clayton County highways were ranked third in the greatest number of fatalities with 48. Georgia ranked in the top 20 states for highway fatalities.

 

Though the traffic congestion of urban areas seems conducive with a high number of accidents and related fatalities, Georgia's rural roads are arguably even more dangerous. Statistics from the DOT show that in 2007 there were 527 deaths on Georgia's rural roads and 342 fatalities on highways.

 

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after a car accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Clayton County you should discuss your case with a car accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

 

According to a Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) report, speeding was a factor in a third (19,500) of all fatal collisions involving teen drivers. This was a three percent increase over a 10-year period. This figure was noteworthy because the total number of fatal teen collisions dramatically decreased over the same period. 

 

The study showed that teen drivers were more likely to travel at an unsafe speed when they were driving at night and with other teenagers in the vehicle. In accidents involving 16-year-old drivers, almost half of all accidents with three or more passengers in the vehicle were speed-related.

 

The researchers suggest wider use of graduated driver’s license programs that limit the ability of newly licensed teen drivers to transport other teens and that limit teen driving at night.

 

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.

 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia