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Common Factors in Fatal Tennessee Car Accidents

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Oakridge Wrongful Death LawyerA fatal car accident can strike at any time, and it is one of the most tragic and shocking experiences that a family may be forced to go through. Coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one can be a lifelong challenge, but it may be possible to obtain financial relief to ease some of the burden through a wrongful death claim. Understanding some of the common factors involved in fatal car wrecks may help you know where to look for evidence of another driver’s negligence, especially if you have an experienced attorney on your side.

Fatal Car Crash Risk Factors

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 1,135 fatalities in Tennessee motor vehicle accidents in 2019. Data from the State of Tennessee shows that this number increased in 2020, and it is on pace to increase yet again in 2021. Throughout the last few years, some of the most common factors in fatal car accidents have included:

  • Speeding - Traveling at high speeds, especially speeds that are unsafe for the road conditions, increases the risk of a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a stationary object. A vehicle’s speed at the time of impact can also influence the severity of the injuries suffered in the collision.

  • Alcohol intoxication - The influence of alcohol and other intoxicating substances can severely impair a driver’s abilities and make them prone to more dangerous behaviors. Drunk drivers not only put their own lives at risk, but also the lives of everyone around them on the road.

  • Distracted driving - Distractions like cell phones and passengers that take a driver’s attention away from the road can also be a factor in fatal accidents.

Certain types of people are also at greater risk of suffering fatal injuries in a motor vehicle crash. Namely, pedestrians and motorcyclists are overrepresented in statewide and national crash fatality statistics, due in large part to their lack of protection compared to passenger vehicle occupants. 

Wrongful Death Compensation in Tennessee

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney can help you understand your options for recovering compensation. Working with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident can help you collect the evidence you need to support your claim, including camera footage, police reports, and witness testimony that show negligent behavior such as speeding, drunk driving, or distracted driving.

Contact a Knoxville Wrongful Death Lawyer

Surviving family members of car accident victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of financial support, pain and suffering, and other damages. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we can represent you in your claim for the full compensation you deserve. Call us today at 423-449-7980 for a free consultation with our Knox County wrongful death attorney.

 

Sources:

https://www.tn.gov/safety/stats/crashdata.html

https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state

https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/2020-fatality-data-show-increased-traffic-fatalities-during-pandemic

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