Author: Mitch Grissim, Esq., Mitch Grissim & Associates
No matter where you’re driving, you need to be careful. Car accidents can drastically change your life, and you need to be prepared. Tennessee is a great state to call home, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune from car accident trouble. There are accidents here every day, just like every other state in the country, but the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security works to limit those accidents as much as possible.
One of the best ways to limit accidents is through education. That’s why the state provides statistics about car accidents in Tennessee, so you know what to expect when you’re on the road. Learn more about notable Tennessee car accident statistics, and discover how a skilled Tennessee personal injury lawyer can help if you’re involved in one.
Number of Crashes
There were thousands of car accidents in Tennessee last year, reaching a total of 208,104 statewide. Fortunately, only 50,174 of them resulted in any injuries at all, which is less than a quarter. It’s important to remember, however, that some injuries may not be apparent and reported at the scene of the accident, instead of developing hours, and even days, afterward.
Among those 50,174 accidents with injuries, 1,040 of them were fatal. That’s three more fatal accidents than there were in 2016. July saw 120 of those crashes, the most dangerous month by far. Independence Day usually leads to a lot of reckless and impaired driving which inevitably leads to accidents.
Type of People Involved
All kinds of people are involved in car accidents, but we tend to focus on specific groups when trying to identify problems. Some groups commonly identified are teen drivers and senior drivers. Fortunately, teen driving fatalities have actually decreased quite a bit. On the other hand, senior driver fatalities have increased substantially in the last year.
Even when you’re not driving on the road, you still need to be wary of car accidents. Merely walking near the road can put you in danger. In fact, pedestrian fatalities increased last year, surpassing teen driving fatalities.
Causes of Crashes
Car Accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes people are driving recklessly, while other times people forget to check their blind spot. These accidents happen all the time, but there are certain kinds of accidents that are almost always preventable. The tragedy of these kinds of accidents is what makes them so statistically significant.
Drunk driving is an incredibly dangerous and irresponsible practice, yet plenty of drivers in Tennessee were guilty of it. When looking across every county in the state, there were 6,124 accidents caused by drunk driving. Even in just the first quarter of 2018, there were already 1,454 drunk driving related accidents. This July, that number will likely increase substantially.
While drunk driving is a major factor in Tennessee car accidents, the number has been steadily decreasing over the past few years. Distracted driving-related accidents, on the other hand, are only getting worse. There were nearly as many distracted driving accidents in the first quarter of 2018 as there were drunk driving accidents for the entire year of 2017. Last year, 24,781 accidents were caused by distracted driving. This is why it’s essential you put your phone down and focus on driving when on the road.
Most Dangerous Times
There are certain times to be on the road that are statistically more dangerous than others. While drunk driving accidents tend to increase on the weekends, the overall number of accidents is far higher during the week. In the first quarter of 2018, there were only 4,077 accidents on Sundays, while Fridays more than doubled that with 8,482 accidents.
The time of day you drive also makes a big difference. If you’re driving in the early morning or just after midnight, you’re far less likely to be involved in an accident. From 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., there were 1,657 accidents in the first quarter of 2018. The most dangerous time to drive is between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. when many people are getting off work. During that time, the total number of accidents in the first quarter of 2018 reached 11,383.
Tennessee Personal Injury Lawyer at McMahan Law Firm
If you get involved in a car accident in Tennessee, you’ll need a talented Tennessee personal injury lawyer at your side to see you through. Wading through the legal mess of a personal injury suit is tough, but a Tennessee personal injury lawyer can help you build your case and get the damages you’re owed. They can gather evidence for you, compile your documents and filings and protect you against all the tricks insurance companies use to get out of paying.
At McMahan Law Firm, we’re willing to fight back against the insurance companies to make sure you get the settlement you deserve. Until we win your case, you don’t owe us a dime. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help your case.
About The Author
Mitch Grissim is the managing partner of Mitch Grissim & Associates, and is a distinguished car accident lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. Mitch Grissim & Associates also welcome cases involving truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, motorcycle accidents and nursing home abuse. Mitch is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law and has been practicing personal injury law in Nashville since 1981.