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Analyzing Car Crash Data in Tennessee

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Campbell County car accident lawyer

In Tennessee, serious motor vehicle collisions are common throughout the state. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, over 208,000 motor vehicle collisions occurred statewide throughout 2018 alone. More than 23 percent of those car accidents resulted in injuries that required immediate medical attention. In all, 48,031 travelers were injured in car accidents in 2018. Tragically, nearly 1,000 people ultimately passed away due to the impact of the collision. 

Below, we will explore the factors in many traffic collisions and injuries, and how you can increase your safety. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact a legal professional right away. 

Crash Factors in Tennessee Collisions 

With thousands of Tennesseans suffering injuries each year in car accidents, it is important to ask ourselves why these collisions occur. After viewing statistics compiled by state safety agencies, it is clear many of these collisions happen due to the negligence or reckless actions of other drivers. 

Distracted Driving

Today, distracted driving is one of the largest safety threats in the United States. With the rise of cell phone capabilities, more and more drivers are making the decision to use their phone while driving. Phone use forces a driver to remove their hands from the wheel, and eyes from the road. It should come as no surprise that thousands of distracted driving accidents occur each year throughout the state of Tennessee. In 2018, close to 25,000 motor vehicle collisions were caused by distracted drivers. 

Drinking and Driving

Despite ongoing safety initiatives designed to reduce the number of drunk drivers in Tennessee, inebriated driving continues to be a safety threat statewide. In the 10-year span from 2008-18, over 73,000 car accidents were caused by drunk drivers here in Tennessee. Fortunately, the number of inebriated drivers seems to be on the decline. In 2018, the number of motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk drivers dropped by more than 6 percent.  

Seatbelt Use

Despite our best efforts, accidents do occur. In the event of a collision, it is important to be prepared for the impact. For travelers in standard automobiles, the most important step you can take to increase your safety is wearing your seatbelt. Unfortunately, many Tennesseans elect not to utilize their seatbelt restraint system. In all statewide car accidents throughout 2018, over 20,000 people were not wearing their seatbelts. Neglecting to wear your seatbelt can lead to broken bones, spinal injuries, severe brain trauma, or death. 

Contact a Jacksboro Car Accident Lawyer 

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we fully understand the emotional toll a motor vehicle collision can have on the whole family. When a loved one suffers serious injuries, it can be truly devastating. Fortunately, we are dedicated to ensuring your family’s financial future will not be jeopardized by a car accident. With years of experience operating within the state of Tennessee, we will aggressively fight for the injury compensation you deserve. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, contact us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/DistractedDriver.pdf

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/Alcohol.pdf

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