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New class seeks to prevent teen distracted driving in Tennessee

There are many things to distract Tennessee drivers from the road. Eating, texting, reading, talking and tuning a radio can all cause significant distraction. While many of these activities have become commonplace while driving, they should not be. In fact, the seemingly simple act of eating while driving or texting and driving can cause a serious, even fatal car wreck.

With this in mind, one Tennessee community is reaching out to teenagers in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. In Monterey, the local police department has initiated a class for young and beginning drivers to tackle the issues of distracted driving, including texting, making phone calls, eating and tuning the radio. The class will also discuss the dangers of drunk driving. Students may also participate in a course where they must attempt to send a text while driving between cones. Officers hope the class will help reduce the occurrence of distracted driving and will therefore save lives.

Though courses like this are admirable and are a step in the right direction toward reducing and eliminating the ever-increasing occurrence of distracted driving, a class does nothing to help a car accident victim recover from his or her injuries. These individuals instead must rely on the legal system. When one is injured by a distracted driver, he or she can file a personal injury lawsuit in an attempt to recover damages related to medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

A Knoxville attorney will years of accident case experience will know how to maneuver the legal system and develop a legal argument that supports the victim's case. Though compensation is never guaranteed, a persuasive legal argument can go a long ways toward reaching the compensation a victim deserves and needs to reach as full of a physical, emotional and financial recovery as possible. In addition to seeking to recover damages, these lawsuits work hand-in-hand with classes like the one mentioned above to further deter negligent drivers from acting in dangerous ways.

Source: The Herald-Citizen, "Distracted driving the focus of new MPD class for teens," Amy Davis, Jan. 8, 2014

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