Driving a car is an action that becomes second nature for almost everyone. This is because driving is something that most people do every day with very little thought. In fact, if you drive the same way to work or school every day, your brain is very likely detached from the physical aspect of operating your vehicle. Some studies have shown that it is best to try and keep your mind alert and active by taking different routes to your most common destinations. While this recommendation is likely not followed by many people, it is important to be active and alert while driving on the road. There are numerous auto accidents that occur each year that signal the importance of driving safely.
Here are two car accident statistics that may alarm you:
- Number of Fatalities
One of the most alarming statistics regarding car accidents is the number of fatalities that occur each year in Tennessee. During the complete year of 2012, over 1,000 individuals were killed in some type of car accident on Tennessee’s highways and byways. This number was an increase of approximately seven percent from the calendar year of 2011. The number of fatalities in 2011 was 937 people. These statistics are from The Tennessee Department of Safety.The slight increase of seven percent might not sound alarming. However, it is alarming once you learn that Tennessee’s upward trend was opposite of the rest of the United States.
- Causes of Car Accidents
The most common causes of car accidents may not surprise you. These causes include distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, negligent driving, road conditions, and more. However, what may frighten you is the number of people who use cell phones while driving. Using cell phones and texting while driving are the most prevalent types of distracted driving today. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 660,000 drivers across the United States are typically using their cell phone while driving each day. This high number indicates that a large portion of the driving public are driving while distracted.
These car accident statistics are sure to alarm anyone that drives a vehicle on U.S. roads. If you find yourself involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, a car accident attorney to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call 615-859-2223 today to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced car accident attorney at The Law Office of Eric Beasley.