In Tennessee and around the country, car accidents claim the lives of many people each year due to various causes such as driving while under the influence and texting while driving. Using data obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on fatal car accidents between 2009 and 2013, the Auto Insurance Center has compiled a list of the leading causes in each state as well as the District of Columbia.
In Tennessee and a majority of the other states, the primary cause was the failure of a driver to keep in the proper lane. In Mississippi and Kentucky, overcorrecting was the leading cause of fatal car accidents. The only other state that had that as the number one cause was South Dakota.
Aside from common driving errors, drunk driving, speeding and operating a vehicle during poor weather conditions were also significant causes. Many of the states that had a high per capita rate of drunk driving fatalities have large rural areas, and the researchers believe that this may be attributable in part to the relative lack of public transportation alternatives for inebriated drivers in those areas. Speeding was also a factor in many sparsely populated areas where there may not be enough law enforcement personnel to cover a wide territory.
Regardless of the cause of a car collision, victims often face significant financial challenges, including high medical expenses and a loss of income from not being able to work. In the event that an accident is attributable to the negligence of another driver, an injured victim may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney in order to determine the remedies that are available.