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 Gov. Nathan Deal announced the establishment of a committee advising state officials on reducing auto accidents. The group, called the Governor's Commission on Teen Driving, consists entirely of 15-20 Georgia teenagers. 

The Governor's Office is encouraging teenage drivers between 15 and 19 years old to participate and help create laws that affect teenage safety. The panel will create a report on teenage safety and suggest strategies for preventing teen-related accidents and injuries.

In Georgia and around the country, auto accidents are leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19. Many theories exist for this, including reckless and distracted driving. The panel will provide suggestions from a teen's perspective.

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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