If you have been injured in a Tennessee car accident, you are not alone. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, there was an average of 176,946 traffic crashes annually from 2003 to 2006. According to the department’s report, Tennessee Traffic Crash Facts, approximately 485 car wrecks happen every day.
Do these numbers seem alarming? It gets even worse. There has been a steady increase in fatalities every year. Based on the report, the average annual increase in fatalities has risen by 7.9 percent. Injury crashes have also been on the rise and between 2003 and 2006, the number of accidents increased by 12.3 percent. These figures leave many people wondering what factors are causing these devastating Tennessee car accidents.
There are many causes of car accidents, including distracted drivers, texting and driving, poor road conditions, defective automobiles, alcohol and drowsiness. In 2006, alcohol was a factor in 10,297 crashes statewide, which led to 7,139 injuries and hundreds of fatalities. Among the reported drunk driving accidents, 518 people died in crashes involving a blood alcohol content of 0.01 and higher and 414 lost their lives in wrecks with blood alcohol content of 0.08 and above.
Some of the other facts contained in the Tennessee Traffic Crash Facts report are summarized below:
- In 2006, 1,284 people died in car accidents in Tennessee.
- There were 76,695 injuries caused by traffic crashes in 2006.
- Urban traffic crashes increased by 15.4 percent.
- Rural traffic crashes decreased by 7.9 percent.
- 374,790 drivers were involved in Tennessee car wrecks in 2006.
If you have been injured in an auto accident in Tennessee, you need to talk with a lawyer who can help you recover compensation. Contact an experienced Middle Tennessee car accident lawyer at the Law Office of George R. Fusner, Jr. at 800-427-8960 or 615-251-0005 for a free legal consultation.