No one plans a motor vehicle accident, yet the majority of them are preventable. Our Nashville car accident attorneys have put together a list of everyday behaviors that can lead to traffic collisions in Tennessee.
Preventable Causes of Car Accidents in Nashville
According to Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 94 percent of motor vehicle accidents arise from “human choice or error.” The following are the most common causes of car accidents.
1. Driving Under the Influence
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have compiled some eye-opening statistics. During the 10-year period between 2003 and 2012, nearly 3,500 people died in alcohol-related car crashes in Tennessee. Rate of deaths across all age groups was higher than the national average.
Alcohol isn’t the only substance that causes impaired driving. Other drugs are involved in approximately 16 percent of motor vehicle accidents. This includes legal drugs like painkillers as well as illegal substances like marijuana.
Under Tennessee law, you’re guilty of driving under the influence with a minimum blood alcohol concentration of 0.08, with enhanced penalties for a BAC registering .20 or higher. A zero-tolerance policy is in effect for anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.
2. Speeding and Other Traffic Violations
Traffic laws are in place to ensure that everyone is following the same rules, reducing the risk of collision. What happens when you drive too fast, run red lights and stop signs or tailgate? You’re more likely to lose control of your vehicle or cause others to lose control of theirs.
Failure to observe traffic laws can also indirectly cause car accidents by inspiring road rage in other drivers.
3. Distracted Driving
Today the term “distracted driving” is most commonly used in reference to cell phone use. It actually includes any activity that keeps your full attention off the road:
- Eating and/or drinking;
- Changing the radio station;
- Conversing with passengers;
- Applying makeup;
- Tending to children; and,
Data from the National Safety Council reveals that Tennessee has the most cell phone-related fatalities in the country. Lt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has dubbed it an “epidemic.”
4. Driving in Poor Conditions
Do you adjust your driving during inclement weather? The Federal Highway Administration estimates that 22 percent of car crashes are a result of bad weather. In addition, three-quarters of those are due to wet pavement.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation provides real-time updates on weather conditions that may impact travel. Access TNSmartWay by visiting the website or dialing 511.
Get Assistance from our Experienced Nashville Car Accident Attorneys
Regardless of how careful you are, you can’t control other drivers. If you’re involved in a car accident, you need guidance and support to obtain the settlement you deserve.
Our Nashville car accident attorneys at Charles Pitman Attorneys at Law will be with you every step of the way. Office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., but you can call 615-422-2222 to reach us anytime, day or nigh.