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Number of fatal accidents in TN decreased in 2013

There is good news for Tennessee's motorists. Data released by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security shows traffic fatalities decreased 2.7 percent in 2013, down to 988 fatalities compared to the 1,015 that occurred in 2012. This is only the fourth time in 50 years that traffic fatalities dipped below 1,000 in a given year. The Tennessee Highway Patrol attributes some of the decrease to its targeting of drunk drivers, yet, the fact remains that there are still too many deaths on Tennessee's roadways.

An accident can be caused by several things. All too often, however, a distracted or negligent driver runs a red light, swerves into oncoming traffic or fails to yield to a pedestrian and causes a fatal car accident. When one of these tragic crashes occurs, the victim's surviving family may be left wondering why this happened and what happens next. Unfortunately, during a time of mourning, the family often must deal with the financial consequences of these accidents, such as medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages.

While increased police patrols seek to prevent these accidents from occurring, they do nothing for these families who have already lost a loved one. Fortunately, these families can turn to a Knoxville wrongful death attorney who may be able to assist them in filing a lawsuit against the individual who caused the fatal accident. By examining accident reports, questioning witnesses and making strong legal arguments, the attorney will seek to prove the negligence of another caused the victim's death.

A successful case can bring a lot of relief to these families. The compensation recovered can help pay for funeral expenses, medical costs, pain and suffering felt by the deceased before passing, and lost wages. Though getting over the loss of a loved one is always difficult, obtaining justice in this form may help bring a family some relief, closure and comfort.

Source: The Examiner, "Fewer deaths on Tennessee roads in 2013, more seatbelt citations issued," David Garrett Jr., Jan. 3, 2014

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