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.


The 7.1 percent increase in highway fatalities over the same time period in the previous year was the largest one-year jump in the January-through-September timeframe since 1975. However, the NHTSA emphasized that the year-to-year comparison was made against 2011 figures that were at a 60-year low. The NHTSA report credited advancements in safety technology, awareness campaigns, changes in the law, and increased traffic law enforcement with recent declines in highway fatalities. Despite the increase, 2012 fatalities in the January-through-September period were still 26 percent less than in 2005 when 32,141 people died in the same time period.


Part of the explanation for the increased fatalities was that people drove more miles in 2012. It was suggested that the unusually warm 2012 winter months may have encouraged increased road travel. It was also concluded that there is a relationship between the economy, gas prices, amount of driving and fatalities.


If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-487-8999 to schedule a free legal consultation.

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