Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when the event that led to the death occurred because of someone else’s negligence. At Bart Durham Injury Law, we know how difficult it can be to move forward following a fatal accident in Tennessee. Through working closely with clients, we can discover what caused the incident and whom to hold responsible.
A recent report from the Auto Insurance Center reveals the dangerous driving behaviors that cause deadly crashes. Overwhelmingly, in Tennessee and across the country, failing to maintain a lane caused more incidents than any other behavior.
The report analyzed fatal accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Failing to yield, making improper turns, not adjusting to environmental factors and reckless driving were among the behaviors included in the report. In dozens of states, failing to maintain a lane emerged as the leading factor behind traffic fatalities.
There are several reasons a driver may stray from his or her lane, including the following:
- Drunk driving: Law enforcement officers are instructed to look for swerving cars, as it can be a sign that the driver is impaired.
- Drowsy driving: Anyone who gets behind the wheel while tired may nod off and veer off the road or into another lane.
- Distracted driving: Distraction.gov points out that texting while driving means a driver will take his or her eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, leaving plenty of time to leave the lane.
These behaviors greatly increase the risk of an accident. Tennessee law enables victims or their families to hold irresponsible drivers financially responsible for the damages that a crash can cause. For more information on this topic, please visit our page on fatal motor vehicle accidents.