Tennessee residents expect to be safe while driving across the state’s roads. Sadly, that isn’t always the case as car accidents can happen without a moment’s notice. Here are some sobering statistics about crashes.
Car accident fatalities have increased
Between 2019 and 2020, there were fewer cars on the roads, but the number of deaths from serious car accidents increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was an 11% decrease in miles traveled by motor vehicles during this period but nearly 2,500 more crash-related deaths. Those fatalities accounted for a 6.8% increase.
Speeding and distracted driving are two dangerous driving habits that increase the risk of deadly car accidents. Speeding is more likely to result in the deaths of other drivers, passengers, pedestrians and individuals riding other, smaller vehicles. Meanwhile, individuals who become distracted while driving are four times more likely to get into a car crash.
People who don’t wear seatbelts are more likely to die in car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 47% of victims of crashes were not wearing seatbelts.
What can reduce the risk of car crashes?
Going forward, statistics don’t have to be as grim. Taking precautions can help reduce the number of deadly car crashes. Drivers should avoid getting distracted and focus on the road at all times. Avoiding speeding can keep everyone safer. Drivers and passengers should all wear their seatbelts while riding.
It’s important to avoid driving under the influence or while drowsy. If you’re out drinking, finding a ride home is far safer than getting behind the wheel. Take breaks when you’re on long driving trips so you can refresh.
Being alert and smart while driving can help prevent serious accidents and save lives.