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.

According to a national safety organization, Georgia ranks among the nation's best states for implementing suggested auto safety laws. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety rated states based on whether they had enacted traffic safety laws including those related to impaired driving, distracted driving (including bans on texting and driving), seatbelts, booster seats, motorcycle helmets and teenage driver requirements. These enactments are related to traffic safety and tangentially impact the number of auto accident victims.

Georgia was one of 14 states that received the organization's highest ranking. According to the report, there were 1,223 motor vehicle accident fatalities in Georgia in 2011, and the 10-year fatality total in the state was 15,067. The annual economic cost from car accidents in Georgia is approximately $7.85 billion.

The report recommended that Georgia implement stricter graduated driver's licensing laws and evening driving and passenger restrictions for teen drivers. 

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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