Many car accidents are due to driver intoxication, but this is by no means the only way that collisions occur. According to traffic accident statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there are many other behaviors that have also been traced to substantial numbers of car accidents on Anderson County roads.

The study, which covered the years 2004 to 2014, includes over 30 categories of action types and covers a total of 40,158 accidents for Anderson County. Six definite behaviors were linked to accident numbers of 1,000 or more:

  • Running off-road or failing to stay in the proper lane – associated with 4,448 accidents
  • Improperly following – associated with 3,502 accidents
  • Failing to yield appropriately – associated with 3,187 accidents
  • Speeding too fast for the road’s conditions – associated with 1,298 accidents
  • Erratic or careless vehicle operation – associated with 1,174 accidents
  • Inattention – associated with 1,174 accidents

The causes of accidents were determined to be unknown for 1,113 accidents, and behaviors that did not fall into the predetermined categories were the cause of 2,426 accidents.

Anderson County’s top three accident-causing behaviors are somewhat congruent with the statistics for the state overall. For the same period, Tennessee’s leading cause of car crashes was improperly following. The second highest cause was failing to yield appropriately, and the third was running off-road or failing to stay in the proper lane.

It is important to keep in mind that the study excludes accidents occurring on private property and in parking lots, as well as those that did not result in at least $400 in damages. Also, a single driver’s behaviors may have been applied to up to five actions.


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