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 U.S. Department of Transportation could issue a final rule requiring all new vehicles to have rear passenger seatbelt reminder systems. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), passengers not wearing seat belts become projectiles in accidents. This is not only unsafe for the rear passengers but also for those in the front seat who may be restrained by seatbelts.

A 2009 NHTSA survey showed that those in the rear seats were belted 74 percent of the time compared to 83 percent for those in the front seat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 86 percent of front seat passengers use seatbelts. The NHTSA survey indicated that over 20 percent of teens and young adults did not wear seatbelts regularly. Additionally, 56 percent of 16- to-20-year-olds involved in fatal accidents were unbuckled.

The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that there is only one state that does not require seatbelts.

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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