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Campbell County traffic violations defense attorney

The staggering amount of car accidents caused by distracted driving in Tennessee pushed lawmakers to institute a new law on July 1, 2019 that bans any kind of cell phone use while driving. Understanding this new law can help you avoid a costly ticket in addition to a serious crash. In some cases, the penalties for using your phone behind the wheel can carry costly fines and the loss of driving privileges. Regardless of the charges, it is critical that you present an aggressive defense to the court with the guidance of an experienced traffic violations attorney.

Distracted Driving Statistics in Tennessee

For the three years leading up to 2019, distracted driving by Tennessee motorists caused more than 24,000 crashes annually. Tennessee also had the highest fatality rate of any state for distracted driving in that time period. The national average was 1.49 fatalities per 10 billion vehicle miles, while Tennessee’s rate reached 7.2 deaths for that same mileage.

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Campbell County rear-end collision attorney

Tennessee has many rules of the road, which all drivers must learn before obtaining their driver’s license. However, not every motorist obeys all the traffic laws, and violations of these laws can lead to car accidents, which can cause serious bodily harm. Drivers should stay far enough behind the vehicle ahead of them that they will be able to stop in time to avoid colliding with that vehicle. In addition, Tennessee law states that drivers should not follow other vehicles "more closely than is reasonable and prudent." Not keeping this amount of distance is called “tailgating,” which can be charged as a Class C misdemeanor in Tennessee. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, tailgaters could face more charges if their actions cause a collision.

What Types of Injuries Can be Caused by Tailgating?

If a car follows another vehicle too closely, a driver risks hitting the car in front of him or her if that car slams on the brakes. The most common collision when a tailgater is involved is a rear-end collision. Even though this type of crash does not seem like it could seriously hurt a driver or his or her passengers, it can cause multiple types of injuries, such as:

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Campbell County car accident injury attorney

Every state has laws and rules to keep their roadways as safe as possible, but nowadays not everyone obeys the rules. Certain actions that drivers take on the road may be considered reckless driving that unfortunately can result in car accidents and serious injuries to other drivers or innocent bystanders. The state of Tennessee defines reckless driving as operating a motor vehicle -- car, motorcycle, or truck -- with wanton disregard for the safety of others on the road.

Examples of Reckless Driving

Since reckless driving is any action that puts others in danger, the violation can be a simple as speeding to as serious as not yielding to school buses. Other examples of reckless driving include:

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Jacksboro, TN car accident lawyers

This past February, two Cookeville High School students were fatally injured in a tragic motor vehicle collision. The accident occurred when the teen driver lost control of the vehicle, which rolled and ultimately collided with a tree. It was a sobering reminder of the risks all teenage drivers face. 

Every year, thousands of American teenagers die in car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,433 teens were killed in car wrecks during a recent 12-month period. An additional 290,000 teenagers suffered injuries that required hospitalization over that span. 

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Jacksboro, TN reckless driving accident lawyerOn January 1, 2019, four Nashville teens were injured when an 18 year old man crashed his car into a tree. After the collision, the driver and passengers were rushed to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tragically, the driver suffered fatal injuries. 

Metro Nashville Police identified the cause of the accident as reckless driving. This form of driver negligence, which endangers all drivers on the road, encompasses a variety of activities, and it is important to be able to identify these behaviors. Understanding the dangers of reckless driving can help you avoid a dangerous motor vehicle collision

Common Forms of Reckless Driving

Every year, thousands of Americans are fatally injured due to the negligent actions of reckless drivers. As a driver, you can increase your safety if you can accurately recognize forms of reckless driving, including: 

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