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 the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

According to the NHTSA, the number of auto accident fatalities in 2012 increased as compared to 2011. The NHTSA cited correctly that this was one of the first year-over-year fatality increases in decades and the fatality total is near historic lows.

Fatality totals have decreased largely because regulators emphasize new safety mechanisms that are enabled at the point of an accident. These mechanisms include air bags, crumple zones, safer placement of fuel tanks and improved car seats. Crash test ratings each year emphasize improvements in vehicle safety. However, the NHTSA has not spent much money or effort changing driver behavior.

Few states have rigid regulations to minimize distracted driving. In Georgia, only teens and truck drivers are prohibited from talking on their cell phones while driving. Texting and driving is prohibited but rarely enforced. Ignition interlock devices are only required in a few states for first-time DUI convictions.

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

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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