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Automobile Accidents that Cause the Most Wrongful Deaths

Written for Tony Seaton

The Centers for Disease Control states that roughly 30,000 Americans lose their lives on American roadways every year; roughly 1,000 of these are in Tennessee which gives our state a higher than average percentage of road fatalities. It means that on average, 3 people every day die in accidents across the state. In many cases, these fatalities are caused by other drivers acting negligently.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration lists the following as the most common causes of fatal car accidents in the United States:

Driving Under the Influence -From 2003 to 2012, 3,423 people in Tennessee were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. For all ages, the state average was higher than the national average during the same period.

Distracted Driving - Nationally, the CDC estimates that 9 people per day die in accidents involving a distracted driver. It's a considerable problem that has regulators and wrongful death attorneys concerned. In 2011, the CDC estimated that 17% of all accidents were caused by distracted driving. These high rates have led many states to pass laws banning cell phone usage, eating, and other activities while driving; even so, 69% of drivers report regularly engaging in these activities.

Aggressive Driving -The NHTSA estimates that from 2003 to 2007, aggressive driving was a factor in 56% of all road fatalities. Of these accidents, excessive speed played a role in causing 20% of fatal crashes.

Driver Fatigue - Estimates from the NHTSA indicate that 100,000 accidents a year are caused by driver fatigue. These accidents cause approximately 1,550 deaths, and 71,000 injuries. Further, these accidents result in nearly $12.5 billion in property and income loss. These statistics are a hot topic of debate as legislators consider proposals that would relax restrictions on the amount of driving truck drivers can perform each week.

Bad Road Design/Condition- The Transportation Construction Coalition estimates that bad roads, and bad design, are a contributing factor that cause roughly 22,000 fatalities every year. Bad road design, and poorly maintained roads can make navigation and maintaining control of a vehicle difficult even when weather conditions are ideal.

Old Age - CDC estimates show that 5,560 elderly Americans were killed on American roads in 2012. Each day, nearly 586 older drivers die in automobile accidents. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers whose physical and mental capabilities put themselves, and other drivers at risk for a fatal accident.

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