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Fatal accidents decrease in Tennessee over July Fourth weekend

There is some good news for Tennessee's motorists. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, this year recorded the least number of fatal car accidents on a Fourth of July weekend. Across the state, eight people died in fatal accidents, and only a single death was attributable to an alcohol-related crash. The number of deadly crashes is down this year compared to the same time last year, too, numbering at 468. Additionally, over the extended weekend, officers made 119 drunk driving arrests and issues more than 1,000 tickets for seat belt violations.

Though this is good news for Tennessee drivers, there is also some bad news. Fifty-two teens have been behind the wheel in fatal crashes, up from 37 at this time last year. Also, 46 pedestrians have been killed so far this year, which is five more than this time last year. It is also worth noting that, although total fatality numbers are down, even one unnecessary death is too much.

The loss of a loved one is always difficult to take, but it can be especially hard to handle when it happens because of the negligence of another. Along with the deep emotional hurt, those who lose a loved one also often have to cope with financial losses in the form of medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost wages. These damages can leave a family stressed, overwhelmed, and not knowing where to turn for help.

Tennesseans who find themselves in this position can seek assistance from an attorney. A lawyer can discuss with a family the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit, which, if successful, may bring much needed compensation. Then, a surviving family may be able to move forward, remember their loved one, and live life without fear of being consumed by undeserved debt.

Source: The Tennessean, "Tennessee July Fourth traffic deaths hit all-time low," Maranda Faris, July 9, 2014

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