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Tennessee car accident deaths decline, officials trying to keep numbers low

Throughout the past decade, automakers have started making vehicles that perform much better in the event of a crash. State and local officials throughout Tennessee have also been focused on passing laws and designing roadways that make traveling safer for all motorists.

These efforts, along with safer driving habits by those behind the wheel, have led to a decrease in the number of fatal car accidents occurring on roads in Tennessee. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there was a 2.7 percent decline in 2013 fatalities compared to 2012 numbers. In fact, there were less than 1000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in the state, only the fourth time this has happened within the past 50 years.

Officials attribute the decrease to targeted law enforcement campaigns occurring in areas where accidents are common. Officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol have been conducting DUI sobriety patrols to help take drunk drivers off of roads, and also have been looking for individuals who may not have their seat belts fastened. The THP (THP) conducts monthly operations in each district in the state to check for drivers who may not be buckled up.

Law enforcement agencies recently received grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in order to be able to keep conducting these safety campaigns throughout 2014. They will continue to patrol in areas where these issues remain a problem, allowing them to potentially be able to make the most use of the resources that they have available. Most of these will occur during the overnight hours on Fridays and Saturdays in high-traffic areas. Officials hope that this will help keep accident rates low in the state.

An accident can happen at any time, and if you are not prepared, you could find yourself unable to avoid being collected in the crash. Some of these collisions could lead to serious injuries, and you need to have a clear picture of your options. You should consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in your region to learn about the compensation that may be available to you to help you deal with your expenses.

You should never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer before you discuss your case with an attorney. An attorney will help you determine if you will need any long-term care for your injuries, and you need to know what that treatment will cost. If you accept an offer right away, any changes to your condition may result in you having to pay your own medical bills.