A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.

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 Shane Smith Law.

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), nearly 10 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2011 were between 15 and 20 years old. The report indicated that inexperience and failure to obey driving laws were both factors in the fatalities.

The report, compiled by the NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis, indicated that young drivers were involved in 4,347 fatal crashes in 2011. Of these, 33 percent did not have a valid driver's license at the time of the accident or they had prior license suspensions or revocations. Over 25 percent had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher even though it was illegal for them to purchase alcohol. Additionally, 57 percent of those involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking also were not wearing seatbelts.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at Shane Smith Law. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.

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