If you have ever complained that Tennessee has some of the worst drivers in the country, you now have research to back you up. Financial technology firm SmartAsset just released a survey that found that Tennessee has the eighth-worst drivers in the country.
The survey found that 20 percent of Tennessee drivers are uninsured, one of the highest percentages in the nation. Tennessee also has the 18th highest number of traffic accident deaths per 1,000 drivers.
The SmartAsset survey looked at deaths per 1,000 drivers involved in car accidents, the percentage of insured drivers compared to licensed drivers and driving under the influence arrests per 1,000 drivers, among other factors.
Every factor measured in the survey was equally weighted and states were given an average score. The survey combines research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Research Council and the Federal Highway Administration.
How to Avoid Car Accidents
The SmartAsset survey did not identify the main causes of car accidents in our state, but we know that impaired, distracted or reckless driving puts you at greater risk of getting into a crash.
In recent weeks there has been increased attention on distracted driving because of the wildly popular smartphone game Pokémon Go, in which users try to catch Pokémon characters who appear in real-world locations.
Drivers around the country have been involved in accidents because they were playing the game while behind the wheel. Recently, a teenage driver in California may have been distracted by the game when she crashed her car into a power pole.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving a distracted driver, contact the auto accident lawyers in Knoxville at Greg Coleman Law for a free consultation. Our injury attorneys are committed to securing maximum compensation for victims of car accidents.