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Teen driver deaths rise, Tennessee tops list

A recent study found that Tennessee is one of the worst states in the nation for fatal traffic accidents involving teenagers. Nationwide, the number of teenagers killed in car accidents rose 19 percent in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The rise was greater among teens than it was for the general driving public.

Deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers increased to 240 during the first six months of 2012, up from 202 during the first six months of 2011.

according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHSTA found that traffic accidents jumped 8 percent in the first half of 2012 over the same period in 2011.

Officials note that, even with the recent spike, the numbers of traffic fatalities remain at historic lows. The rate of traffic fatalities is about half where it was a decade ago. Still, the recent reports are disturbing reminders of the dangers on Tennessee roads.

When someone has been injured due to another driver's negligence--for example, when the driver was drunk, distracted or texting while driving--the injured person may be compensated for his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. In the case of a fatal accident, the family may be compensated for loss of the victim's wages and other damages.

Even less serious accidents can result in huge medical bills, repair bills and lost wages. A personal injury lawsuit can help recover those costs and make it easier for the injured or their families to carry on.

Source: TimesFreePress.com, "Study: Tennessee leads nation in teen driving deaths," Feb. 26, 2013

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