Your daily drive through Tennessee should be uneventful at best. Unfortunately, as our team at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates knows all too well, accidents happen. In order to understand how to prevent a crash, it is important to know what causes it to happen in the first place.

The Auto Insurance Center compiled information based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, taking a look at fatal car accidents between 2009 and 2013. The study evaluated certain driving behaviors such as the following:

  • Failure to yield to the right of way
  • Careless or reckless driving
  • Failure to maintain a lane
  • Driving the wrong way
  • Making an improper turn

Other behaviors, such as overcorrecting to failing to adjust to certain conditions, were also considered.

Researchers found that in Tennessee, drivers who failed to maintain their lane caused more fatal accidents than drivers who committed any other mistake.

The NHTSA points out that there are a number of factors that could cause a driver to leave his or her lane. For example, a driver who is texting while driving will take his or her eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, which leaves plenty of time to cross the double yellow. People who operate a vehicle while intoxicated are also prone to swerving across lanes. Lastly, drowsy driving is known to cause lane departure.

Depending on the circumstances of an accident, victims or their families may be able to pursue a claim to recover compensation for damages. For more information on this topic, please visit our page on motor vehicle crashes.


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