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Fatal accidents rise in Tennessee

There is some bad news for Tennessee drivers: the number of fatal accidents statewide is continuing to rise. The latest number from the Tennessee Department of Transportation is 765 car accident deaths so far in 2012. That is up from the 728 deaths that were reported at the same time last year.

One way the Tennessee Highway Patrol is trying to slow the rising rate is to be more aggressive toward drunk drivers. So far this year, 4,349 DUI arrests have been made. That is 25 percent higher than last year's 3,487 arrests during the same time frame. So what is causing the increase in fatal accidents? There is no definite answer, but one reason could very well be negligent and inattentive driving.

When a family comes face-to-face with the loss of a loved one, they must deal with emotional torment. And yet, amidst the tears and heartbreak, victims' families must deal with the financial realities related to a fatal accident. These expenses can be crushing, both financially and emotionally, and leave families feeling even more wronged.

Luckily, legal action in the form of a wrongful death suit can ease the financial strain these families face. If the accident victim died by the negligence of another driver, a family may be able to recover compensation to assist with medical expenses, pain and suffering the deceased felt before passing and funeral expenses. After obtaining these awards, families can focus on remembering their loved one and rebuilding their emotional well-being.

Though the Tennessee Highway Patrol is making a valiant effort to decrease the number of roadway fatalities, the truth is that there is little they can do except try to reduce drunk and reckless drivers that they observe on Tennessee roadways. However, drivers may be more hesitant to drive recklessly when they know that their own financial well-being is at stake.

Source:, "TN roadway fatality numbers continue to climb," Jennifer Meckles, Oct. 5, 2012

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