Like many Americans, people in the Volunteer State rely on their vehicles as the primary mode of transportation. With increased traffic that causes congested roads and crowded highways, motorists drive in dangerous conditions every day that can lead to accidents and fatal car crashes. However, busy roadways aren’t the main reason Tennessee ranks as the 10th most dangerous state to drive in. Overall, the nation sees 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people. However, in Tennessee there are 15.3 deaths per 100,000 people. The National Safety Council reports that Tennessee has a higher percentage of vehicle fatalities due to distracted driving than other states similar in size and population.
Why Tennessee Ranks So High
Many factors contribute to dangerous Tennessee roadways and intersections, including how well motorists can see road signs, area speed limits, and traffic volume. However, statistics show that there are specific intersections in Tennessee, especially in the Memphis area, that see a higher number of accidents compared to other Tennessee cities:
- ·Winchester Road to State Line Road through the Hacks Cross area is considered by some to be the most dangerous in the Mid-South. It’s a heavily traveled roadway that requires consistent and persistent attention from all drivers. Davis McGriff, Jr. of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Crash Investigation Unit states that a crash occurs every other day at Hacks Cross Road. Police officers cite multiple drivers in this area every month with inattentive driving.
- Even though auto accidents can happen on any road, interchange, or crossing, there are certain intersections in the Memphis area where more accidents occur, including Winchester Road and Hickory Hill Road and State Line Road and Riverdale Road.
- The road at Hacks Cross and Shelby Drive changes from six lanes to two lanes. When this happens, many drivers hurry past other vehicles and don’t use their signal when merging.
Additionally, researchers found that, over any other mistake, more fatal accidents in Tennessee were caused by drivers who failed to maintain their lane.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Inclement weather—snow, ice, fog, and rain—can always be a factor in car accidents. And while it’s important to slow down when visibility is decreased, sometimes it’s not your fault when weather makes driving difficult. But a great majority of accidents are caused by preventable human error, including:
- Texting while driving
- Not paying attention
- Being distracted
- Drinking and driving
- Driving while drowsy
- Tailing cars ahead
- Driving a defective vehicle
If You’ve Been Involved in a Mid-South Car Accident
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car wreck due to a negligent driver, contact the Holton Law Firm at 888-443-4387. We’ll discuss your situation during a free consultation to determine if you’re eligible for compensation.