Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental fatalities in Tennessee and around the country. They are a menace to the millions of people who commute to work or to recreational activities on a daily basis. As a result, state and federal agencies along with automobile manufacturers have tried to change technology and behavior in order to save lives. Learning about accident-related statistics will show the importance of such efforts.
Every year, road accidents lead to thousands of deaths and countless numbers of injuries and cost over $50 billion for the American public. Truck accidents are some of the most deadly. People were killed in approximately 74% of truck-related accidents where trucks struck passenger vehicles. This sobering number makes sense. Trucks are much heavier than standard cars and can cause much more damage when they strike those cars.
Common causes and prevention of accidents
One of the most common causes of accidents is poor road conditions. Accidents on icy roads account for more than thousands of crashes and more than 1,800 deaths annually. These disparities apply for both passenger vehicles and trucks. They are a major reason why local authorities often tell people to stay at home when there are icy road conditions if possible.
Another common cause of accidents is driving under impaired health conditions. Anyone who does not feel awake, alert, and sober should not be under the wheel. These people have poor reaction times and a greater tendency to overcorrect or make inaccurate judgments while driving. Taking these two simple steps can help substantially reduce the chances that a person will either cause an accident or make the wrong decision if they are in an accident caused by another driver.