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 the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
According to a study by CarInsuranceComparison.com, Georgia ranks among the nation's worst drivers based on auto accident data. Statistics such as fatality rates, failure to obey traffic signals and seat belt laws and DUI accidents provided by the NHTSA and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) were used in the analysis.
Georgia law enforcement has attributed many of the accidents to an increase in distracted driving. Efforts to increase awareness of distracted driving dangers have increased.
Officials also attribute many pedestrian accidents to distractions by both drivers and walkers. Vast expanses of country roads without pedestrian intersections may also contribute to pedestrian accidents.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.