In 2010, there were an astonishing 10.8 million motor vehicle crashes in the United States, with almost 36,000 passenger deaths. In 2010, traffic fatalities amounted to 1,031 in Tennessee, 563 in Arkansas, and 641 in Mississippi. These three states also saw some of the highest fatality rates (deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled) in the country.
Motor vehicle crashes can be debilitating and thus often lead to considerable physical, mental, and financial hardship for victims. The annual cost of car crashes in the United States amounts to around $300 billion, a per person cost of around $1,500.
Causes of Auto Accidents
In Tennessee, the most common causes of auto crashes include:
- Distracted driving including drivers talking on the phone, texting, rubbernecking
- Recklessness or aggressive driving including speeding, tailgating, failure to yield, unsafe lane changes, failure to signal, wrong-way driving, road rage, and street racing
- Negligence including accidentally running stop signs and running red lights (can also be considered reckless)
- Drowsy drivers including those who have under slept and those taking medicine that causes drowsiness
- Impaired drivers including driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
- Defective parts including faulty brakes, tires, steering, suspension, and safety equipment
- Unmaintained automobiles including improperly secured materials, bad brakes, broken signal light, and non-functional headlight
- Inclement weather including snow, sleet, hail, rain, wind, ice, and fog
- Roadway design including hazard visibility, traffic flow, road surfaces, improper striping, defective traffic control devices, and insufficient shoulder
- Road conditions including poor road maintenance, debris on the road, faulty signage, construction, and potholes
Steps After a Car Accident
The first, and arguably most important, step after a wreck is to find out who was liable for the wreck. An experienced lawyer will investigate whether other driver violated a law or whether the involved cars had any defect prior to the incident. There are four kinds of fault that Morgan & Morgan investigators will look for:
- Negligence: Failure to act responsibly that leads to damage or injury.
- Recklessness or wanton conduct: Willfully ignoring the chance of a crash and the safety of others.
- Intentional misconduct: Deliberately performing an action that could harm someone or something, such as driving while intoxicated, speeding excessively, or when a knowingly selling defective or dangerous products.
- Strict liability: In the case of crashes, this references defects, where fault is assigned to the manufacturer if the design of the vehicle was defective or the warning was inadequate.
How a Memphis Car Accident Attorney Can Help
After a wreck, it is absolutely crucial to gather evidence such as such as police reports, witness statements, blood alcohol level (BAC) tests, and cell phone records to find out who is liable. Your lawyer will analyze the evidence and prove that the other driver behave irresponsibly and violated a statute of breached common law. Then, he or she will file a lawsuit to recover compensation (through a settlement or verdict) for current and future medical bills, lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering.