With so much texting behind the wheel and other driver distractions, it doesn’t come as a surprise that traffic accident death rates are going up in some states, including Tennessee.
According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration’s recent revision of their latest “Traffic Safety Facts” publication, many regions are showing drastic increases in auto wreck fatalities, including Southern states.
In 2010, there were 1,031 Tennessee auto accident fatalities compared to 986 the year before. Tennessee personal injury lawyer G. Turner Howard II considers it a wake-up call for all Tennesseans. If you live in an urban area, such as Knoxville or Johnson City, dense rush hour traffic can cause common rear end accident injuries, such as whiplash, or even catastrophic spinal cord injuries. In more rural areas like Crossville, Sevierville or Athens, auto accident injuries such as head-on collision traumatic brain injuries are all-too common. On Interstates 75 and I-40, sleepy truckers can jack-knife and cause pile-ups. In towns like Marysville and Farragut, teens may drive recklessly due to inexperience and distraction.
There are many factors that affect car accident causes. Nationally, the NHTSA report details accident statistics pertaining to everything from age to time of day. For instance, fatalities among motorcyclists 50 and older increased by 119, whereas motorcyclist fatalities for drivers under 50 declined by 84 deaths. Nighttime auto accident fatalities went down, which is a surprise, considering that poor visibility is always a risk on the road; of the 998 fewer total fatalities nationwide in 2010, there were 857 fewer fatalities in nighttime crash rates.
The study is a case in point that all Tennessee drivers should be as cautious as possible out on the road, especially families with child passengers. No matter where you are in our beautiful state, drive defensively.
If you or a loved one has car crash injuries due to the negligence of a DUI driver or someone who was making a cellphone call while driving, contact tough, reliable Tennessee personal injury lawyer G. Turner Howard II. Call (844) G3-Help-Me [865-558-8030] or complete our online contact form. We’re compassionate, we know what you’re going through and we can help.
The Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III
5915 Casey Drive
Knoxville, TN 37950