According to a recent article, traffic-related deaths in Tennessee were at their third lowest since 1963. Whereas the average number of traffic deaths each year is 1,234, there were 965 in Tennessee last year. Unfortunately, while traffic fatalities were down statewide, they were higher in 2015 than in 2014 in Tennessee Highway Patrol’s District 2 region, which includes Hamilton County. Whereas 114 people died in traffic-related deaths in the region in 2014, there were 121 deaths in the region last year. December was an especially deadly month, as 18 people suffered traffic-related deaths that month. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to decrease your chances of becoming a traffic death statistic.
- Buckle up. This is one of the most important things you can do to survive a car crash. Last year, nearly half of those killed in automobile accidents in our state were not buckled up. It is also important to wear your seat belt correctly. If there is a shoulder belt, use it.
- Keep your vehicle in good repair. A vehicle in good repair will help prevent an accident.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Notice vehicles which are swerving around or drivers who do not appear to be paying attention. When possible, slow down,speed up, or take a different route to avoid being near these drivers.
- Do not insist upon having the right of way. Even if you come to a four-way stop, and it is your turn, or even if you should otherwise have the right of way, if another driver insists upon taking it, let that driver through. The few extra seconds you will have to wait are not worth the potential wreck.
- Be willing to adapt your driving for current conditions. Wet or icy roads will require you to slow down. Traffic jams or road construction may require you to slow down and possibly stop. They will likely also require more concentration than normal driving. Be especially diligent about avoiding other distractions when the current driving conditions require extra concentration.
Unfortunately, even the best drivers sometimes get injured in automobile accidents because other drivers are not paying attention or are driving unsafely. Our Chattanooga personal injury lawyers can help you if you were injured in an accident caused by another driver. Contact us to learn what we can do for you.