In 2017, more than 34,000 Americans lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions across the country. For family members of those victims, coping with the loss of a loved one is a traumatic and emotional process unlike any other.
In a large number of these cases, collisions are caused by the negligent and reckless actions of another driver. If your family member was fatally injured in a motor vehicle collision, your family deserves skilled legal representation that can hold negligent parties accountable.
Types of Reckless Driving
In the state of Tennessee, fatal car accidents are more common than most people assume. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1,040 people were fatally injured in car accidents in Tennessee in 2017. Family members of those killed in car accidents are often entitled to compensation from those responsible. Listed below are some of the most common forms of reckless driving that cause fatal collisions.
Inebriated driving can come with deadly consequences. Drunk drivers are responsible for approximately 29 percent of all fatal motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. Due to the effects of alcohol, individuals who drive under the influence are impacted by decreased reaction time and blurred vision, which often prove fatal.
Due to increased cell phone use, distracted driving continues to rise nationwide. The most common forms of distracted driving are mobile phone use and eating or drinking while driving. Distracted driving now causes around 4,000 deaths each year. Texting and driving is a clear form of driver negligence punishable by law.
Driving at Excessive Speeds
By driving over the legal speed limit, drivers endanger themselves and others. Speeding directly contributes to the loss of vehicular control and decreases reaction time. If speeding was a prominent factor in the fatal injuries of your loved one, the negligent driver could be deemed responsible regardless of potential criminal charges.
Contact a Jacksboro Car Accident Lawyer
Coping with the loss of a loved one is often the most challenging processes in a person’s life. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our legal team is dedicated to helping those impacted by the tragedy of a fatal motor vehicle collision and recovering the financial compensation they deserve. With years of legal experience within the state of Tennessee, our team will aggressively represent your family. To schedule a free consultation with a skilled Anderson County wrongful death attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980.