Our readers in Tennessee have likely seen previous posts here that have discussed some of the dangerous behaviors that any given person could engage in while behind the wheel of a vehicle, such as distracted driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These dangerous behaviors are oftentimes the focus of private and public awareness campaigns, as influential groups of people attempt to call attention to what drivers should really be focused on: operating their vehicle carefully.
Recently, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board published a list of changes in driving behaviors and vehicle safety measures that could make a substantial impact on the number of fatalities that occur each year throughout the country. Distracted and impaired driving were on the list, as was speeding and drowsy driving.
Any one of these dangerous behaviors could lead to a deadly car accident in Tennessee. In many cases, a car accident will result in injuries and property damage. Not all car accidents are simple "fender benders." These incidents can dramatically change a person's life, leaving them disabled or even facing the loss of a family member.
In these worst-case scenarios, Tennessee residents may have legal options. Those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by a distracted driver or drunk driver, or a driver who was otherwise failing to operate a vehicle as required, may be able to pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Those who have lost a loved one in a deadly car accident may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.