Car accidents pose a serious danger in Tennessee

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River Valley, there is no better way to travel around Tennessee than in a person's own car. The streets, roads and limited-access highways such as interstates in the Volunteer State are always open and full of cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The nation has seen an uptick in traffic deaths in recent years, which has led to innovations in traffic control, car safety and other related fields. Tennessee, which was one of the most dangerous states for motorists and pedestrians in the first decade of the 21st century, has seen fewer traffic fatalities overall.

The state still remains in the top third of states in traffic deaths per resident, and the Nashville metropolitan area in Davidson County has seen an increase in fatalities in cars and trucks. Experts believe one of the factors is cheaper gasoline, which invites more motorists out for vacation and other optional trips.

The U.S. government has, at various times, researched economic conditions, public health indicators and climate change as possible factors in traffic deaths. One factor that most law enforcement agencies are enforcing is distracted driving, which has gone up with the availability of cellular telephones and onboard navigation in cars.

Drivers owe it to themselves and each other to avoid driving distracted or under the influence of alcohol. Any accident could cause severe injury, permanent disability or even death.

Victims of car accidents or the survivors of crash fatalities may sue for financial damages to help them recover from a tragedy. A lawyer may help prepare a lawsuit for civil court.

Source: Nashville Patch, "Where Tennessee Ranks as Traffic Deaths Climb in U.S.," Greg Hambrick, accessed June 01, 2018

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