The Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Tennessee

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Most people will get into a motor vehicle accident at some point in their lives. These collisions are fairly common. Most are fender-benders that don’t cause serious injuries or significant property damage. However, if you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to an auto accident, it’s important to speak with the skilled attorneys at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law. Since 1987, we’ve served our friends and neighbors throughout East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountain region, taking a collaborative and compassionate approach to each case. You can count on us to help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.

What causes the most accidents in our state?

Anyone who drives regularly on Tennessee’s roads and highways knows that car accidents happen all the time. In 2012, there were more than 170,000 recorded accidents in our state, with about 47,000 resulting in injuries and more than 1,000 in death. There are many different reasons why these accidents occur, with the following being the most common:

  • Drowsy driving. Many drivers are guilty of driving for too long without resting or with little sleep. This is dangerous for everyone on the road, as it only takes a moment of nodding off to drift into other lanes and hit other vehicles.
  • Texting and cell phone use. These days, almost everyone has a cell phone, including smart phones that come with Internet access. As a result, too many people talk on the phone, text or go online while driving, creating obvious hazards. In fact, some studies indicate that texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI). We all know the dangers of driving while intoxicated, but unfortunately, it continues to be a major problem throughout Tennessee. In 2012, there were 7,255 accidents caused by alcohol impairment in our state, with many resulting in injury or death.
  • Defective brakes. Sometimes fault lies with a party outside the actual crash, such as an equipment manufacturer that makes defective products or auto mechanics who fail to properly fix brakes and other equipment. In these cases, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a number of people or organizations.
  • Missing signage. Government agencies have a responsibility to put proper signs on roads, especially if the roads contain sharp turns or otherwise dangerous conditions. If a road does not have adequate signage, you may be able to pursue compensation from the government agency responsible.
  • Poor conditions. Harsh weather is another common cause of car accidents, and it’s the responsibility of drivers to account for slick surfaces or poor visibility.
  • Going the wrong way. Due to inattentive driving, many motorists cause accidents by going the wrong way down a one-way road or highway lane. This can be extremely dangerous to other drivers who don’t expect to see another vehicle coming right at them.

Speak with an auto accident injury lawyer to learn more

After your car accident, consult with the experienced attorneys at Fox & Farmer, Attorneys at Law. We offer free initial phone consultations, so give us a call today at 865-951-7268 or contact us online. Our office is located conveniently off I-40 and I-75 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and we take pride in serving individuals and families throughout the eastern region of our great state.