Traffic driving deaths are at the lowest level in sixty years and experts say that safer vehicles and aggressive educational campaigns aimed and reducing drunk driving and distracted driving may have contributed to the decline.
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that in 2009, overall highway deaths fell to 33,808, the lowest total number since 1950. This is a total decline of 3,615 from 2008.
 
The year 2009 also saw the lowest fatality and injury rates ever recorded: 1.13 deaths per 100 million  vehicle miles traveled in 2009, compared to 1.26 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles in 2008.  In 2009, alcohol-impaired driving deaths dropped to 10,839 compared to 11,711 in 2008, a 7.4% drop.
 
In Georgia, traffic deaths were down by 211 since 2008, a 14 percent decrease.  Georgia acohol-related fatalities decreased by 74, an 18 percent decline.
 
This is good news, but accidents still happen.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an Atlanta car crash, contact The Law Offices of Shane Smith.  Georgia car wreck lawyer Shane Smith can help you stand up to the big insurance companies and get you fair compensation for your injuries, economic losses and property damage.  To learn more, call our Atlanta law office at 770-HURT-999.
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