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.

Georgia law places restrictions on teenage drivers to reduce the accident risk caused by inexperience. 

According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a teen driver's risk of being killed in an auto accident increases proportionately to the number of young passengers the driver has in the car. A teen driver's risk of being killed in an auto accident increases by 44 percent when he is traveling with one passenger below the age of 21. The risk doubles when the teen driver has two passengers under 21.

The study found that the risk of a fatal auto accident dropped by 62 percent when a teen driver has an adult above the age of 35 as a passenger.

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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