Research comes to troubling conclusions for Tennessee road safety

Road fatalities is a growing concern in Tennessee and across the nation. Because auto accidents can cause a litany of problems for those who were involved or impacted by them, it is important to conduct research to determine how to reduce or outright prevent them. Of course, driver behaviors are a major spark for many collisions. That includes drunk driving, recklessness, speeding, distraction and drowsy driving. Laws are in place to address these problems. However, according to a recently released statistical study, more can be done. People on the road should be aware of how and why crashes occur so they are fully prepared. After an accident, they should also understand their options.

Tennessee road safety laws found lacking

According to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and its 2022 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, Tennessee’s statistics for auto accidents is worrisome with the state needing to implement and enforce laws to make the roads safer. The researchers analyzed the numbers from 2019 and found that in Tennessee, there were 1,135 road deaths. Over the previous decade, there were 10,140 fatalities. Financially, this came to more than $6.8 billion each year. In addition, the overall safety of roads across the nation was getting worse for the first half of 2021 – the most recent statistics available – with a 20% rise in accidents vs. the previous year.

In Tennessee, the failure of people to wear their seatbelts and the limits on law enforcement to enforce the law are viewed as a major problem. Along with enforcing the seatbelt law, especially for passengers in the backseat, the researchers want to have graduated driver licenses (GDL) in which there would be a minimum of age 16 for teens to have a learner’s permit; a strengthening of the nighttime restrictions; drivers needing to be 18 before they can have an unrestricted license; and an open container law. Advanced technology for safety can also be of great benefit.

Addressing the aftermath of an auto accident may require experienced guidance

Until preventative measures are taken and go into effect, people still need to think about motor vehicle accidents and how they can cause challenges in their lives. From financial to physical to personal, those who have been injured, need to care for a person who was hurt in a crash and families left behind after a fatality must think about the future. To gauge the situation and forge a workable strategy, it is useful to have professional assistance. Consulting with those who understand these types of accidents and what steps to take may be essential.