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TDOT tries to raise awareness of fatal car accidents

As of last week, interstate signs posted by the Tennessee Department of Transportation have displayed that more than 317 people have been killed on Tennessee highways this year. The number continues to rise as fatal car accidents continue to occur in the Knoxville area and throughout Tennessee. The TDOT hopes that displaying the death toll will make drivers more aware of the road's dangers and remind them to take all possible safety precautions.

Unfortunately, no number of safety precautions, no matter how thoroughly implemented, can fully protect a driver from the negligence of another. Distracted, inattentive and drunk drivers abound on Tennessee's highways and interstates. When negligent drivers cause accidents and people are injured the death toll rises and the roads become, in general, more dangerous.

When these tragic accidents occur, victims and their families can be devastated emotionally and financially. There are options that can help victims and their families recover for medical expenses and for pain and suffering. In the event of a wrongful death, a surviving family can recover for funeral expenses, lost companionship and lost wages, amongst other forms of relief.

The serious injury or death of a loved one is a traumatic event that requires physical and emotional recovery. Money is the last thing that should be on the minds of victims and their loved ones. Yet, no one who is injured or who has lost a loved one because of the negligence of another, should have to worry about how to pay for the care they need. They should not have to make a decision between groceries and rehabilitation. A successful claim can ease this burden and redirect the focus onto the most important aspect -- victims and their family's recovery.

Tennessee roads, like roads across the country, are dangerous. Though the TDOT is doing everything in its power to remedy this, the truth is that the roads will continue to be dangerous. It is important that negligent drivers are held accountable and those victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve.

Source: WBIR 10, "Highway fatalities up, TDOT hopes awareness helps," Mary Scott, May 4, 2012

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