Nashville Fatal Car Accident Lawyer
Fatal car accidents had been declining since 2005, but in 2012 the number took an unexpected upward turn, increasing by about 5 percent nationwide to around 32,600. A person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes on the average, and car accidents are the leading cause of death for all people under 35. In 2012, 1,109 of the nation’s fatalities were in Tennessee, an 8.8 percent increase from 2011.
Most auto accident fatalities are preventable, resulting from driver negligence. When one driver’s negligent driving causes the death of another driver, cyclist, or pedestrian, survivors of the victim are entitled to make a claim for monetary compensation for the wrongful death.
Of course no one believes that any amount of money can compensate for the loss of a human life, but making a wrongful death claim for a traffic fatality is not really about the money for most claimants; it’s about accountability and making these reckless and uncaring drivers face up to the misery they’ve caused a grieving family. Nothing can bring the person back, but the wrongdoer can be made to pay.
Accidents Causing the Largest Number of Fatalities
Head-on crashes are the most likely to cause fatalities. They make up only 2 percent` of all motor vehicle collisions, but account for about 10 percent of U.S. traffic fatalities. T-bone or direct side impact crashes, which commonly occur at intersections when drivers run stop signs or red lights, are the next most lethal of all collision types, causing more than 9,000 deaths every year.
Behaviors that Cause Traffic Fatalities
The driving behaviors that cause most fatal car accident often occur in combination.
The four behaviors most often involved in traffic fatalities are discussed below:
- Distracted driving, especially texting and cell phone use, is a significant and growing cause of fatal accidents. A driver sending or receiving a text message is 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. Other distractions include interacting with children, pets, or passengers; using various electronic devices; reading directions or consulting a map; eating or drinking; rubbernecking and sightseeing. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) found that 80 percent of automobile accidents involve driver distraction.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol. Someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash approximately every 50 minutes and nearly a third of all fatal accidents involve alcohol.
- Driver fatigue is also a significant cause of fatal accidents. A driver who is drowsy may not notice signals, signs, pedestrians, cyclists, or other cars, may drift from the proper lane into oncoming traffic, or fall asleep at the wheel and lose control of the car entirely.
- Speeding and aggressive driving are a cause of about a third of all fatal accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
To make a wrongful death claim when you have lost a family member in a fatal Nashville car crash, you should engage the services of an experienced, board certified wrongful death lawyer, preferably one who practices personal injury/wrongful death law exclusively.
In Nashville, Phillip Miller is a highly experienced and top-rated board-certified personal injury lawyer with thirty years of experience helping the surviving families of victims fatal car accidents recover compensation. At Miller & Associates, we understand that this is a difficult time for you and want to relieve you of part of your burden by handling the many details of your wrongful death case within the timeframe allowed by Tennessee law. Protect your rights by calling Phillip Miller & Associates today to arrange your free consultation.