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 report from the Governors' Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths fell almost 9 percent nationally in the first half of 2013. However, pedestrian deaths in Georgia increased almost 10 percent compared to the first half of 2012.


Georgia's trends closely patterned data from recent years when pedestrian deaths increased 15 percent nationally from 2009 to 2012.


Experts attribute the drop in pedestrian deaths to increased awareness of distracted driving dangers. Statistics indicate that pedestrian traffic increases in depressed economies and as gas prices rise. Therefore, the decrease in pedestrian deaths likely come as pedestrian traffic has increased.


If a death is caused by the negligence of another then the decedent's family may be entitled to legal relief through a wrongful death lawsuit. If the investigation proves that negligence on the part of the driver was responsible for the pedestrian's death then there may be grounds for the victim's family to file a wrongful death claim.


You should hire an experienced Clayton County wrongful death attorney if you will file a lawsuit on behalf of a family member who died due to another's negligence. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation.


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