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 Shane Smith Law.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) increased the speed limit on I-285 from 55 mph to 65 mph despite federal imperatives for reducing auto accident risk.

The NHTSA recently published the results of a survey on speeding practices among American drivers. Though many drivers believe that speeding is a dangerous behavior, many of them also admit that they often exceed the speed limit. Over 25 percent of those surveyed admitted that speeding was something they often did without thinking about it, and others said that they "enjoyed" the feeling that excessive speed gave them.

In a seemingly contradictory development, GDOT developed and released a video series, responding to an initiative by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to significantly reduce auto accident fatalities. The FHA's "Towards Zero Deaths" initiative aims to eliminate traffic accident fatalities nationwide.

The Georgia speed limit increase flies in the face of published studies showing the dangers resulting from such a decision. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) published a study more than a decade ago that found a 15 percent increase in the number of auto accidents when an area increases its speed limit. Areas with no such increase maintained stable accident data.  

If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.

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