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Fatal accidents have increased in Tennessee so far this year

Tracking accidents can be challenging. After all, data may come from multiple sources, and compiling of that information into one report can take time. However, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security keeps a daily count of fatal accidents across the state, presenting a clear picture of how many people have perished in car accidents in comparison to the year previously.

Fortunately, the month of August has been a relatively safe month compared to the same time a year ago. With regard to traffic fatalities, this month has seen 51, down 23 fatalities from August 2015. The month of August is not over, though, and the number could still rise.

In fact, year-to-date, in 2016 Tennessee has already seen an increase of 57 traffic fatalities. So far in there have been 635 traffic deaths. Fifty-seven of those deaths involved teens, while another 88 so far this year have involved a motorcyclist. It's worth noting that the report doesn't indicate the cause of these tragic deaths, but it is fair to say that some of them were caused by the negligence of another driver.

The damage caused by a fatal accident doesn't stop with the death of an individual, as sad and as heartbreaking as that death is. Instead, a fatal wreck can leave a victim's surviving family with serious financial and emotional hardship. At a time when they want to grieve and remember their loved one, these families oftentimes must find a way to pay for unexpected medical bills and funeral costs. Also, their loved one's lost wages may leave them without the income they need to get by on a day-to-day basis. It is for this reason that wrongful death lawsuits exist. Those who wish to learn more can choose to seek out legal counsel.

Source: Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security "Tennessee Traffic Fatalities Daily Report," accessed on Aug. 23, 2016

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