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Atlanta drivers at risk of a fatal car accident?

Think there are more fatal auto accidents in Atlanta than rural parts of Georgia? Think again. At the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we recently learned that drivers in Atlanta are less likely to be in a fatal motor vehicle accident than the rest of the state. A study conducted by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the same to be true for the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. These cities have fewer fatal auto accidents than the national average. But don't get too comfortable on the streets of Atlanta. The CDC report determined that more people died in Atlanta auto accidents than the national average.

The CDC based its findings on national motor vehicle accident data for 2009. That year, a total of 34,485 people died nationwide in auto accidents. That's 11.1 deaths per 100,000 people. In Atlanta, 64 people or 12.0 per 100,000 died in auto accidents that same year.

Such figures might seem frightening to Atlanta drivers. But compared to the rest of Georgia, Atlanta had fewer fatal auto accidents. In Georgia, 1,311 people - or 13.5 per 100,000 - died in auto accidents in 2009.

But no matter what the statistics, a serious accident can happen to anyone at any time. Just recently, a 59-year-old Atlanta woman died as a result of an auto accident that injured an Atlanta police officer. The fatal auto accident happened on Cascade Road in Atlanta while the police officer was responding to a call.

At the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we understand the dangers drivers face every day. If you've been injured in an accident, allow a Georgia car accident attorney at our law firm to review your case with you. Even if your accident seems straightforward, there might be issues you haven't even considered, including whether to file an auto accident lawsuit in Georgia.

Atlanta may be safer statistically than the rest of Georgia. But accidents happen. Don't leave your future to chance. Take back control. Contact a Georgia auto accident lawyer who puts people first. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C., 3098 Breckinridge Boulevard, Duluth, GA 30096.

Georgia teenage drivers put people at risk. Solution to this crisis?

Teenagers literally think differently. Increasing scientific evidence has found that teens' brains are physically different from adults and still developing. That's why teenagers often do things that make people think, "What were they thinking?"

On the road, that can translate into erratic behavior behind the wheel. That's why many states have strict laws specifically for teen drivers. Georgia has laws governing teenage drivers designed to keep everyone on the road accident free. Such laws limit when teens in Georgia under 18 years old can drive. Teenage drivers in Georgia must also have no major traffic violations in order to obtain a full driver's license.

Such laws may sound strict. But they aren't tough enough, according to a recent study advocating nationwide phased-in teen driving rules. If every state had tougher phased-in teen driving laws, an estimated 2,000 traffic fatalities each year nationwide could be prevented, according to a detailed study done by the National Safety Council, which researched the issue for the Allstate Foundation.

Auto accidents involving teenage drivers in Georgia can happen in an instant. But the effects can last a lifetime. Unsure what to do? You need an experienced Atlanta teen auto accident attorney on your side. You need the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates. Serving clients in Georgia, our knowledgeable attorneys have worked with many accident victims to help them decide what to do, including whether to file an auto accident lawsuit in Atlanta, GA. An auto accident can be overwhelming. You might not be able to work for weeks or months. You may become physically disabled. Don't suffer in silence. Take action. Contact an Atlanta auto accident attorney who demands justice. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates.

An estimated 41 lives in Georgia could be saved every year if every state nationwide adopted tougher phased-in teen driving privileges, according to the Allstate Foundation. Countless more injuries could be prevented too. Don't leave your future to chance. If you've been injured in an auto accident, take back control. Contact a law firm eager to work for you. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates.