We recognize the month of December for Christmas and New Year’s as well as a time to spend with family and friends. We exchange gifts and count down the days until we can make yet another New Year’s resolution we can only hope to keep. While the month of December is recognized for many different things, one thing people seldomly acknowledge it for is the increase in auto wrecks. During this time of year, there are many anxious, excited, and distracted drivers occupying the roadways which is why so many more collisions tend to transpire.
According to WSMV, 942 people died in car crashes in Tennessee last year and there has already been “an increase in multiple people being killed in single car crashes,” says Lt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Lt. Miller explained to the news outlet that “there is no one cause of the substantial increase in fatality crashes, but THP is noticing certain trends that lead to more deaths on the road, like texting or even looking down at your phone for a few seconds while driving.” That is why THP is urging motorists in Nashville and all other cities within the state to “take your time and stay aware [while traveling] on the roads.”
The fact is, although you may be a cautious and considerate driver, the person next to you may not be. So, rather than just worry about your own actions, you need to be keeping an eye out for any drivers who aren’t paying attention or are driving recklessly so you are able to get out of their way. Lt. Miller also mentioned there are two other things you can be doing to help reduce the number of fatalities that have been reported in the past.
- Buckle your seat belt. In 2009, 33,000 people were killed in car crashes nationwide and another 2.2 million suffered injuries [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Of those 33,000 individuals, more than half were not restrained at the time of the collision. The reality is, when you wear a seat belt, you are implementing the most effective method to reduce your chances of sustaining a serious or life-threatening injury in an accident. While we are all aware of the importance of buckling up, there are several individuals who neglect to spend those few seconds strapping themselves in.
- If you see someone texting, know they can “put your life in jeopardy.” The THP asks that if you witness any motorists texting or posing as a threat to the others around them on the road that you dial *847 when it is safe for you to do so. Not only might you be able to save their life, but also the other motorists traveling around them if they were to engage in a collision.
If everyone does their part to be a safer driver, it can help reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents that are reported on each and every day.
What if I was involved in a wreck this holiday season in Nashville?
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car wreck in Nashville and you aren’t sure whether you need to hire an attorney or what your next steps should be in order to recover compensation for your injuries, contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. Car wreck attorney George R. Fusner Jr. has over 40 years of legal experience and has been helping victims just like you since 1977. Not only will our office help you fight to recover compensation for various damages including medical expenses, lost wages, etc., but we will help you seek justice for the unfortunate circumstances this accident has led you to suffer from.
Contact us today at 615-251-0005 to schedule an initial consultation so that we can gather all the information we need and determine how we may be able to help you get through this tough and tragic time.
You can reach the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. at
7104 Peach Court
Brentwood, TN 37027