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.

Statistics consistently reveal more auto accident fatalities occur at night than in daylight. A deficiency in adequate roadway lighting has been identified as a cause, but state and federal budgets have been limited in their ability to improve the situation.

According to a new study, evening driving could be made significantly safer through advanced automobile headlight systems if they were made mandatory in all new models. The research was recently presented at the International Symposium on Automotive Lighting. One paper focused on lighting technologies that would improve evening driving by using headlights that swivel or bend with the automobile, thereby illuminating a further turning distance. Adaptive high-beam headlights that concentrate the brighter light to the center of the headlight could also significantly reduce evening accidents on poorly lit roadways.

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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