Auto accidents are one of the main causes of serious injuries and untimely deaths in Tennessee. To combat the problem, state entities track the number of fatal crashes. In addition, they assess the causes and strive to craft solutions to reduce their frequency.
Despite that, people can be involved in a collision without warning. If they are fortunate enough to survive, they are still facing the prospect of various personal, professional and financial challenges. Regardless, people who were injured themselves or lost a loved one should have a gauge on the available options after an accident.
Tennessee road fatalities have surpassed 1,000 so far in 2023
The most recent numbers show that there have been over 1,000 people killed in Tennessee auto accidents this year. This is worse than both 2021 and 2022 when there were 979 and 990 road deaths. Overall, the number has increased by 2.6% from last year. When adding in the more than 3,600 people who were seriously hurt in crashes, it is a worrisome issue.
A notable factor in fatal crashes is drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Almost 10% of all accidents were linked to DUI. A separate study showed that around 50% of DUI accidents led to injuries or death from the start of August 2022 through the end of July 2023. Pedestrian safety has improved, but motorcycle safety has not. Nearly 6% of all motorcycle accidents in the state led to a fatality. Overall, 166 motorcyclists have been killed.
Understand the steps to take after an auto accident
State law enforcement has given various tips on safety including the importance of wearing seatbelts, not driving while distracted and maintaining a safe speed. Unfortunately, even if people take all the necessary precautions, they can be injured and lose their lives in a crash.
After an auto accident, it is important to know what you can do to recover all that you have lost.