What Are The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Tennessee?

March 26th, 2020 by Attorney John Colvin

Winchester, TN Rear-End Collision Lawyer | John R. Colvin Attorney at Law

Even if you are a safe and thoughtful driver, there is always a risk that you could be involved in a major car accident. Unfortunately, collisions remain a real public safety hazard. The Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security reports that 208,258 car accidents occurred in the state in 2017 alone. 

While crashes occur for many different reasons, the vast majority happen due to human error. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that human error is the primary cause of more than 94 percent of auto accidents. Here, our Tennessee car accident attorney provides an overview of some of the specific reasons why collisions occur.  

Five Common Causes of Car Accidents in Tennessee

Distracted Driving

Tennessee drivers have a duty to keep their focus and attention on the road. Even a momentary lapse could lead to an accident. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a serious problem—from texting while driving to simply losing focus on the road, distracted driving puts innocent people at risk. If you or your loved one was injured in a collision with a distracted driver, an experienced Tennessee car accident attorney can help. 


Speeding limits exist for a good reason. Not only does speeding increase the risk of a crash, but it also makes any accidents that do occur even more severe. Motorists should never drive too fast for road conditions—and that means always obeying the posted speed limit.

Tailgating (Following too Closely)

You should always leave enough distance between you and the vehicle that you are following. Even if you are paying full attention to the road, you never know when a vehicle will be forced to make a quick stop. If you or someone you know was injured in a rear-end collision, an experienced auto accident lawyer can help. 

Unsafe Lane Changes  

Far too many drivers in Tennessee simply assume that they can “feel” when the lane next to them is available. They may glance in their rearview mirrors without turning their head to check a blind spot. Unfortunately, unsafe lane changes and unsafe merges lead to many serious accidents in our region. 

Intoxicated Driving (Drunk Driving & Drugged Driving) 

Finally, intoxicated driving is a serious problem. Nearly one in every three deadly car accidents in Tennessee involves a drunk or drugged driver. Not only is impaired driving inherently dangerous, but intoxicated drivers often speed, violate other traffic rules, and fail to pay attention to the road. If you or your family member was injured or killed in a crash with an intoxicated driver, our Tennessee DUI accident attorney can help. 

Call Our Tennessee Auto Accident Lawyer for Immediate Assistance

At the Law Offices of John Colvin, our Tennessee car accident attorney fights for the rights of people—not large insurance companies. If you were hurt in a crash, we are ready to help. To set up a no-fee, no-obligation review of your claim, please contact our legal team right away. With a law office in Winchester, we represent traffic accident victims throughout the surrounding region, including in Franklin County, Bedford County, Coffee County, and Grundy County.

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